This Land Is Our Land

This Land Is Our Land: Immigrants and Power in Miami

Alex Stepick
Guillermo Grenier
Max Castro
Marvin Dunn
Copyright Date: 2003
Edition: 1
Pages: 208
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/j.ctt1pp7fj
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    This Land Is Our Land
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    For those opposed to immigration, Miami is a nightmare. Miami is the de facto capital of Latin America; it is a city where immigrants dominate, Spanish is ubiquitous, and Denny's is an ethnic restaurant. Are Miami's immigrants representative of a trend that is undermining American culture and identity? Drawing from in-depth fieldwork in the city and looking closely at recent events such as the Elián González case,This Land Is Our Landexamines interactions between immigrants and established Americans in Miami to address fundamental questions of American identity and multiculturalism. Rather than focusing on questions of assimilation, as many other studies have, this book concentrates on interethnic relations to provide an entirely new perspective on the changes wrought by immigration in the United States. A balanced analysis of Miami's evolution over the last forty years,This Land Is Our Landis also a powerful demonstration that immigration in America is not simply an "us versus them" phenomenon.

    eISBN: 978-0-520-93646-1
    Subjects: Anthropology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. ONE Becoming American: It’s Not a One-Way Street
    (pp. 1-33)

    On Thanksgiving Day 1999, a six-year-old boy, Elián González, was found floating on an inner tube three miles off the Florida coast. He was reportedly surrounded by dolphins and, more surprisingly, in spite of being in the water for three days, he was not sunburned at all. The U. S. Coast Guard spotted the boy, along with the two other survivors of a vessel that had been carrying fourteen passengers from Cuba. The other eleven, including the boy’s mother, had apparently drowned. The Coast Guard immediately transferred Elián to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The two other survivors were rescued after...

  5. TWO Competing Elites: Cuban Power, Anglo Conversion, and Frustrated African Americans
    (pp. 34-88)

    Francena Thomas, an African American middle-level administrator in county government, was not interested in insulting people; she tried to frame her criticism constructively. It was, after all, a meeting called by the Community Relations Board, and she knew many of the American whites and Latinos there. The issue was power and how the Cubans exercised it. “Sometimes you act like a nine-hundred-pound gorilla,” she proclaimed. Guillermo Martinez, a Cuban journalist, later a member of the editorial board of theMiami Herald,admitted, “That’s true, but you should realize one thing. What you are seeing now is a nine-hundred-poundbabygorilla.”...

  6. THREE Working in the USA: Ethnic Segregation and Bureaucratizing Interaction
    (pp. 89-113)

    What they gave me was a desk and a test, and they told me that the test would cost me twenty or twenty-five dollars. I paid the twenty or twenty-five dollars, but did not pass the test because number one, I did not read English, I had problems with the language; and number two, the type of test they can give you . . . are so that one will not pass it. Three weeks after . . . there were ads in the newspapers . . . looking for people. I returned. They gave me a little better attention...

  7. FOUR Just Comes and Cover-Ups: African Americans and Haitians in High School
    (pp. 114-137)

    A fifteen-year-old Miami Haitian boy added to the class discussion, “You should tell them we are African ’cause all-a-us came on the slave ships from Africa. Some got off here and some got off there. We’re all African.” The class spontaneously erupted into applause. An African American girl hedged, “To me being an American is believing in the country that you’re in right nowandbelieving in your heritage.” Another African American girl appended a bit more distance between African Americans and her Miami Haitian classmates: “These people want to come over here and stuff and they want all the...

  8. FIVE Making It Work: Interaction, Power, and Accommodation in Inter-Ethnic Relations
    (pp. 138-158)

    “I’m a Miami native and I think this has gone far enough. Your comments are offensive and insulting. I hope the proper authorities read them and take appropriate action.” The voice mail message was one of many critically responding to aMiami Heraldnewspaper article in which Alex Stepick asserted that in Miami American whites and blacks will either have to adapt, be tolerant, and become somewhat Latin American, feel uncomfortable, or leave (Viglucci 1997). In 1997, the Census Bureau reported that the population of Miami-Dade County grew at the sixth fastest rate of any county in the nation. At...

  9. METHODOLOGY APPENDIX
    (pp. 159-166)
  10. NOTES
    (pp. 167-170)
  11. REFERENCES
    (pp. 171-182)
  12. INDEX
    (pp. 183-192)
  13. Back Matter
    (pp. 193-193)