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dc.contributor.advisorButzer, Karl W.en
dc.creatorHoover, Catherine Louiseen
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-07T21:13:41Zen
dc.date.available2011-07-07T21:13:41Zen
dc.date.issued2003-12en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/12106en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThere is growing concern that the accelerated pace and increasing complexity of environmental change may be challenging people's ability to test, refine, and adjust livelihood strategies. This would be particularly challenging for poor households in hazardous environments, generating greater vulnerability to disasters. The context for this concern was examined in four rural communities from two different cultural realms along the Caribbean coast of Honduras. An ethnographic approach was used to understand how women household managers, community leaders, and elderly residents from Garifuna and Mestizo communities perceive and respond to hazards and other challenges in their environment. The analysis revealed how economic pressures combine with political context to contribute to an intensification of local land and resource use in the four communities. The consequent matrix of environmental hazards generates troubling uncertainties for these small-scale socioecological systems, particularly as the local ecological resources once available for livelihood adjustments become scarce. To make matters worse, institutional efforts to resolve environmental and economic challenges generating vulnerabilities for some rural communities are perceived as authoritarian, superimposed, and even culturally inappropriate. Confused or frustrated by so many uncertainties, households from both cultural realms try to adjust by increasing their dependence on an evolving web of political and financial resources beyond their communities, indeed from outside Honduras.en
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subjectEnvironmental changeen
dc.subjectHazardous environmentsen
dc.subjectHondurasen
dc.subjectSocioecological systemsen
dc.subjectGarifunaen
dc.subjectMestizoen
dc.subjectEconomic condtionsen
dc.subject.lcshHuman ecology--Hondurasen
dc.subject.lcshHonduras--Environmental condtionsen
dc.subject.lcshHonduras--Economic condtionsen
dc.subject.lcshHonduras--social conditionsen
dc.titleEnvironmental change and uncertainty in coastal communities of northern Hondurasen
dc.rights.holderRestricteden
dc.description.departmentGeography and the Environmenten
thesis.degree.departmentGeography and the Environmenten
thesis.degree.disciplineGeographyen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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