Inequality in disaster : the case of hurricane Andrew and Florida City

Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)


Global and Sociocultural Studies

First Advisor's Name

Walter G. Peacock

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Lois West

Third Advisor's Name

Betty H. Morrow

Date of Defense



This thesis is a case study of Florida City, a small community in South Dade County, Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. This is a community whose pre-impact conditions may have had as much to do with the impact of the storm as did the winds of Hurricane Andrew themselves. As will be evidenced by a comparison case study with Homestead, Florida City not only disproportionately felt the effects of the storm itself, but also received less aid. This study examines Florida City in terms of both impact of the storm and the community's future in the wake of the hurricane. Besieged by poverty and poor housing conditions, it was a community awaiting tragedy.



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