Race, Social Identity, and Generative Spaces: Miami as a Microcosm of Categorical Complexity in a 21st-Century Global City

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Abstract

This article draws principally from the work of preeminent sociologist Alejandro Portes on the rise of Miami as a global city (segmented assimilation as well as the institutional bases for social cohesion amid diversity) to propose a blueprint for reducing social inequality in Greater Miami. Employing key insights from psychology and sociology, we bring together data and research on macro-level structural changes, meso-level dynamics of city politics and institutions, and micro-level dimensions of interactions and attitudes to highlight prospects for promoting ethnoracial interdependence. The diversity and transience that characterize Miami create a major opportunity to disrupt ethnoracial social and economic inequality. Strong public coordinating institutions are required, guided by necessary conditions that facilitate the closing of group-based social distance. We propose three cases—children-targeted programming, emerging prospects in health care, and diversity focused planning in education and housing—as offering opportunities to place Miami 2030 on the path toward cohesive and egalitarian diversity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-405
Number of pages20
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Volume59
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 13 2015

Keywords

  • categorical complexity
  • race
  • space

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education

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