Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)


Global and Sociocultural Studies

First Advisor's Name

James P. Ito-Adler

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Walter Gillis Peacock

Third Advisor's Name

Hugh Gladwin

Date of Defense



This thesis explores the aid received by four Hispanic households towards recovery after Hurricane Andrew. The four households resided in South Miami Heights, a suburb of Miami. Through the use of questionnaires, information was gathered on various storm related topics. Because the Cuban community in Miami is influential, the role of the Cuban enclave is studied in relation to the recovery of these households. The influence of an urban environment on the extended family ties of these households is also addressed since the literature argues that these ties are powerful among Hispanics. Results show, that aid primarily came from two sources. Furthermore, the Cuban enclave appears to have had no discernible role in the recovery of these households. Finally, an urban setting did not appear to diminish extended family ties.




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