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Monika Gosin Book Talk: "The Racial Politics of Division"
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Monika Gosin
William & Mary, Sociology and Africana Studies

Primary research interests include: African American and Latinx relations; immigrant incorporation into US society; Afro Cuban and other Afro Latinx immigration experiences in the United States. Gosin has also published on raced and gendered media representations of Asian and Black populations within the United States. She is the author of The Politics of Racial Division: Interethnic Struggles for Legitimacy in Multicultural Miami (Cornell University Press, 2019). Her book deconstructs antagonistic discourses that circulated in local Miami media between African Americans, "white" Cubans, and "black" Cubans during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift and the 1994 Balsero Crisis.

 Challenging exclusionary arguments pitting these groups against one another, the book depicts the nuanced ways in which identities have been constructed, negotiated, rejected, and reclaimed in the context of Miami's historical multiethnic tensions. Positing new narratives regarding racial positioning and notions of solidarity in Miami, the book examines historical Miami interethnic tensions to provide lessons for current debates surrounding immigration, interethnic relations, and national belonging.
-- www.wm.edu/as/sociology/directory/gosin_m.php

 

The Racial Politics of Division: Interethnic Struggles for Legitimacy in Multicultural Miami, 6/2019

Racial PoliticsThe Racial Politics of Division deconstructs antagonistic discourses that circulated in local Miami media between African Americans, "white" Cubans, and "black" Cubans during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift and the 1994 Balsero Crisis. Monika Gosin challenges exclusionary arguments pitting these groups against one another and depicts instead the nuanced ways in which identities have been constructed, negotiated, rejected, and reclaimed in the context of Miami's historical multiethnic tensions.

Focusing on ideas of "legitimacy," Gosin argues that dominant race-making ideologies of the white establishment regarding "worthy citizenship" and national belonging shape inter-minority conflict as groups negotiate their precarious positioning within the nation. Rejecting oversimplified and divisive racial politics, The Racial Politics of Division portrays the lived experiences of African Americans, white Cubans, and Afro-Cubans as disrupters in the binary frames of worth-citizenship narratives.

Foregrounding the oft-neglected voices of Afro-Cubans, Gosin posits new narratives regarding racial positioning and notions of solidarity in Miami. By looking back to interethnic conflict that foreshadowed current demographic and social trends, she provides us with lessons for current debates surrounding immigration, interethnic relations, and national belonging. Gosin also shows us that despite these new demographic realities, white racial power continues to reproduce itself by requiring complicity of racialized groups in exchange for a tenuous claim on US citizenship.

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Left of Black with Monika Gosin
Articles/Artículostop

I am my language: Discourses of women and children in the borderlands.  6/15/2003 Southwest Journal of Linguistics: "In I am My Language, Norma Gonzalez uses language as a vehicle for understanding the complexities of life in the borderlands. Specifically, G examines the issue of identity--she seeks to understand how women and children within the sociohistorical climate of the borderland region of Tucson, Arizona, negotiate identity in their everyday lives. Her ethnographic study contributes a unique approach to understanding identity and culture as she illuminates a crucial connection between language and social processes, emphasizing the power dimensions involved in these processes."
 

Links/Enlacestop

www.wm.edu/as/africanastudies/people/affiliates/gosin_m.php  Her page at William & Mary

Miami’s Forgotten Cubans by Alan A. Aja

Black Florida | Black Miami

The US, the Exiled Plantocracy and Race

 

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