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dc.creatorVan Zandt, Shannon
dc.descriptionDue to the character of the original source materials and the nature of batch digitization, quality control issues may be present in this document. Please report any quality issues you encounter to, referencing the URI of the item.en
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references: p. 59-62.en
dc.descriptionIssued also on microfiche from Lange Micrographics.en
dc.description.abstractColonias are rural, substandard housing developments in South Texas. They suffer from deplorable living conditions, often without running water or sewage systems, unpaved roads and extreme poverty. Yet service providers and researchers have observed remarkable unity and cohesion among residents, prompting them to attribute a strong "sense of community" to these neighborhoods. This study compares cognitive evaluations of sense of community and territorial evidence to identify elements of the physical environment that may facilitate the development of a sense of community in two rural colonia communities. The theory underlying a relationship between sense of community and territoriality suggests that territorial functioning reflects the same types of attitudes that lead to a sense of community. It is apparent from these results that colonias exhibit both a positive sense of community and some evidence of territorial functioning. However, the evidence does not seem to support a relationship between the two. For a positive finding to have been made, the attitude inherent in a sense of community had to have met stringent requirements to be translated into a discernible behavior. Due to cultural differences, observers of territorial behaviors may not have been able to interpret physical traces left behind by territorial functioning. It appears that other characteristics of these residents, specifically their extreme poverty, may moderate the relationship. Colonia residents have few resources available to effect changes in the physical appearance of the home.en
dc.publisherTexas A&M University
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries in 2008. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en
dc.subjecturban planning.en
dc.subjectMajor urban planning.en
dc.titleExploring the relationship between sense of community and territoriality in the coloniasen
dc.typeThesisen planningen
dc.format.digitalOriginreformatted digitalen

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