Book: News, Neoliberalism, and Miami’s Fragmented Urban Space

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Mainstream news and opinion pages herald demagogic promotions of “small government” and overwhelmingly focus on the importance of consumerism, which advances a fulfillment of hedonistic, base desires at the expense of social obligations.

Therefore, News, Neoliberalism, and Miami’s Fragmented Urban Space (Lexington), authored by Moses Shumow and Robert E. Gutsche, Jr., aims to uncover and interrogate how media – in an era of globalization and the rapid acceleration of free market ideologies – are both harnessed by and are complicit in the capture and re-appropriation of spatial consciousness.

At the center of this critique of neoliberalism’s role in the transformation of Miami’s neighborhoods and the city’s mediatized geographies is an emphasis on the role of news media as a means for promoting a very specific, and yet often veiled, political and economic agenda.

Authors’ royalties will be donated to the Miami Workers Center. See similar work on Miami geographies and press coverage here.


Release & Reviews

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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, Gutsche and Shumow suggest that this “crazy uncle” of American urbanism can also be understood as an exemplary case of urban neoliberalization. Focusing on the way media creates narratives of Miami’s malleable morphology, this book is a useful contribution to the literature on Sunbelt cities. (Elizabeth Strom, University of South Florida)

Gutsche and Shumow take their readers through the streets of Miami as informed, critical, but also inquisitive flaneurs. Their reading of the city reveals the brutal but also contested politics and economics that divide Miami at neoliberal times and the critical role media play in narrating the neoliberal city. 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. Firmly rooted in an empirical study of Miami, it offers a vivid account of how a neoliberal agenda quite literally materializes into deeply discriminatory yet complex urban geographies. Through their provocative and accessible writing on pervasive market-based rhetorics of place, Gutsche and Shumow make an important contribution to urban communication scholarship. (Giorgia Aiello, University of Leeds)


Related Papers


Refereed Articles

Gutsche, Jr., R. E. & Shumow, M. (forthcoming, 2017). ‘NO OUTLET’: A critical visual analysis of neoliberal narratives in mediated geographies. Visual Communication.

Shumow, M. & Gutsche, Jr., R. E. (2016). Urban policy, press & place: City-making in Florida’s Miami-Dade County. Journal of Urban Affairs, 38(2), 45-466. (DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12225). PDF

Gutsche, Jr., R. E. (2015). Boosterism as banishment: Identifying the power function of local, business news and coverage of city spaces. Journalism Studies, 16(4), 497-512. (DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2014.924730). PDF

Gutsche, Jr., R. E. (2014). News place-making: Applying ‘mental mapping’ to explore the journalistic interpretive community. Visual Communication. 13(4), 487-510. (DOI: 10.1177/1470357214541754). PDF

Gutsche, Jr., R. E. (2014). There’s no place like home: Storytelling of war in Afghanistan and street crime ‘at home’ in the Omaha World-Herald. Journalism Practice, 8(1), 65-79. (DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2013.778602) PDF


Refereed Presentations

Gutsche, Jr., R. E. & Shumow, M. (2015). Nocturnal geosemiotics of forced migration: The gentrification of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, International Communication Association, Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division, May 21-25, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Shumow, M. & Gutsche, Jr., R. E. (2015). Urban policy, press & place: City-making in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, International Communication Association, Journalism Studies Division, May 21-25, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Shumow, M. & Gutsche, Jr., R. E. (2015). Urban policy, press & place: City-making in Florida’s Miami-Dade County. Urban Affairs Association conference, April 8-11, Miami, Florida.

Gutsche, Jr., R. E. (2013). Mediated place-making: Implicating news media as dominant definers of geography for panel titled Contested content: Mediated spaces, cultural spheres, & neoliberal discourse, International Communication Association Conference, June 17-21, 2013, London.


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