Thijs Jeursen provides an analysis of everyday life in Miami, a city strongly characterised by growing inequality and suspicion, which primarily affects ethnic minorities. The incidental, exciting, and often absurdist character of violence and crime that Miami is known for is much more systemic and racially skewed than popular culture might suggest.
Similar to other US cities, Miami was created in a time of racial apartheid and has increasingly been designed, spatially and economically, for individual profit. It is a city in which private gun ownership, gated communities, imaginaries of legality, and state and police violence play an important role in shaping everyday life. In other words, Miami is a typical example of US neoliberalization, in which state agencies privatize public services and assign responsibility to local residents under the guise of “freedom”.
Jeursen shows how we can understand the relationships and interactions that characterize everyday security provision in Miami, emphasizing that feelings of insecurity have to be understood in terms of individual experience, rather than analyzed a priori through the categories of police officer and citizen.
T.J. Jeursen: Vigilant Citizenship: Legal Imaginaries and Political Subjectivity in Miami.
Prof. R.K. Jaffe
Dr C.J. Klaufus
Prof. J.B.F. Nijman
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