Anthropology, the meaning of community, and prevention

C. T. McKeown, Robert A Rubinstein, J. G. Kelly

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Abstract

Successful health promotion and disease prevention efforts must be designed with a thorough knowledge of the community in which they are to be used. Unfortunately, our understanding of the term 'community' is currently in a muddle. In this paper we clarify the nature of communities by examining how the concept has been treated in four classic community studies. Three important points emerge: that community is a multifaceted concept, that communities are best viewed as assortments of social processes, and that each community has within it many different communities. We then illustrate these findings with a commentary on Kelly's often cited longitudinal community psychology study of adolescent boys attending two high schools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-64
Number of pages30
JournalPrevention in Human Services
Volume5
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Leadership and Management

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