Master of Arts (MA)
Global and Sociocultural Studies
First Advisor's Name
William T. Vickers
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Bradley C. Bennett
Third Advisor's Name
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.
Riach, James R., "A Cultural Historical Study of Land Use in Dade County, Florida" (1995). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1.
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A thesis submitted in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF ARTS IN COMPARATIVE SOCIOLOGY