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News, Neoliberalism, and Miami's Fragmented Urban Space

Moses Shumow and Robert E. Gutsche Jr. - Foreword by Juliet Pinto

News, Neoliberalism, and Miami’s Fragmented Urban Space examines cultural and social forces responsible for inequalities that have emerged in the rampant development of Miami as a “world city.” This book argues that neoliberal movements rely on the power of journalistic discourses to authorize and legitimize harmful social acts such as gentrification. Moses Shumow and Robert E. Gutsche Jr. provide original analyses of intersections among memory, race, capitalism, and journalistic power, particularly at a time of immense political and environmental change. The authors examine changes in neighborhoods and in public-private developments that are bound to widen an already-great divide between classes and races in South Florida. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 210Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4985-0198-9 • Hardback • November 2016 • $80.00 • (£52.95)
978-1-4985-0199-6 • eBook • November 2016 • $79.99 • (£52.95)
Moses Shumow is associate professor in the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University.

Robert E. Gutsche, Jr. is assistant professor in the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University.



Forward: Seeing Miami Among Rising Seas

Introduction: Miami, Neoliberalism, and Fragmented Spaces

Chapter 1: Place and Press as Tools of Neoliberal Hegemony

Chapter 2: Merging Memory in News of a New Cuba

Chapter 3: Miami’s Neoliberal Cities Upon a Hill

Chapter 4:The Struggle for Digital Space in Geographies of Marginalization

Conclusion: Meanings of ‘Miami No More’


About the Authors
The authors show the value of applying a critical lens to extract and examine the fragmented meanings of Miami. They reveal how power structures, ideologies and media narratives influence and perpetuate inequalities; how city grid lines serve as symbolic dividers that also permeate into digital spaces. The book reveals the advancement of a neo-liberal agenda that —at first glance— may appear as 'natural' as the limestone bedrock upon which the region sits.
Kristy Hess, Deakin University

This is a rare book that does justice to this city’s contradictions. As they consider Miami’s boom and bust real estate cycles; its immigrant enclaves; and its precarious position on the eroding coastline, Shumow and Gutsche Jr. suggest that this ‘crazy uncle’ of American urbanism can also be understood as an exemplary case of urban neoliberalization.
Elizabeth Strom, University of South Florida

Shumow and Gutsche Jr. take their readers through the streets of Miami as informed, critical, but also inquisitive flaneurs. . . . A fascinating and thought-provoking read for anyone interested in politics of space, at the juncture of media and the city.
Myria Georgiou, London School of Economics and Political Science

This is a richly researched book that offers an original perspective on the relationship between the news media and the inequalities that set apart contemporary cities. . . . Through their provocative and accessible writing on pervasive market-based rhetorics of place, Shumow and Gutsche Jr. make an important contribution to urban communication scholarship.
Giorgia Aiello, University of Leeds