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Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Brent Bruton

Second Advisor

Eric Hoiberg


In 1974, Kasarda and Janowitz tested the systemic model of community attachment and suggested that variables, such as age, socioeconomic status, length of residence, and home ownership have significant influences on community attachment. In this case study, the systemic model is retested in a rapidly growing community, Madison, Alabama;Over the past several decades, Madison has undergone a significant amount of growth in both population and economy, largely because of the industrial development in Huntsville (Madison is at the west edge of Huntsville), which is characterized as the "high-tech capital of the South". The rapid growth in the population and economy has resulted in increasing demands on the development of the infrastructure in Madison;Questions remain as to how local residents' attitudes and behavior are influenced by recent population and economic changes, and how these changes affect local residents' attachment to and level of satisfaction with their community. This study's emphasis is on whether the attitudes toward change and level of satisfaction have any influence on community attachment. A revised community attachment model is constructed in order to study community attachment in a rapidly growing community;The results of this study show that the attitudes toward rapid population growth and economic growth and level of satisfaction with the community offer some insight into the explanation of community attachment. It further shows that, in a rapidly growing community, it is not sufficient to wholly rely on Kasarda and Janowitz's model. Attitudes toward change and satisfaction with the community should be taken into consideration.



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Yu Shi Li



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202 pages