Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)


Global and Sociocultural Studies

First Advisor's Name

William T. Vickers

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Bradley C. Bennett

Third Advisor's Name

Alex Stepick

Fourth Advisor's Name

Dennis W. Wiedman

Date of Defense



Humans have used the land within the area currently defined as Dade County, Florida since around 11,000 B.P., but did not significantly alter the local environment until less than one hundred years ago. These recent changes greatly affected many critical ecological factors, thereby reducing the sustainability of many types of life, including humans. This study explains how land use evolved from earlier sustainable systems for satisfying human needs into the current menacing patterns. This is done by examining the environmental, technological, social, and cognitive contexts of land use through time. Changes in all these areas have followed a general trend leading to increasing intensity of land use and environmental change driven by population growth and technological innovation.




A thesis submitted in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF ARTS IN COMPARATIVE SOCIOLOGY

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Sociology Commons



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