Environmental Cowboys: Renegotiating Community and Economic Prosperity in Rural Sarasota County through Local Knowledge and Environmental Stewardship
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Type of Work115 p.
ProgramMA in Cultural Sustainability
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SubjectsCattle ranches -- Sarasota (Fla.)
Ranchers -- Sarasota (Fla.) -- Ethnology.
Land use -- History.
Cultural sustainability -- Capstone (Graduate)
This Capstone looks at ways to put the knowledge and values of the rural community into the decision making process of future land development in Sarasota, Florida. This Capstone was designed as an ethnographic study of the regional culture of Sarasota cattle ranching families to better understand concepts of stewardship and indigenous land knowledge and how these concepts are a reflection of the values within this community. Particular attention was given to understanding historic land use and concepts of environmental stewardship and why these concepts are important to consider in future land use and development. The goal of this Capstone was to produce a white paper that would share the exploration of these issues with the direct intent to influence local development policy.