Anthropology, the meaning of community, and prevention

C. Timothy McKeown, Robert A. Rubinstein, James G. Kelly

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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)
Title of host publicationPrevention
Subtitle of host publicationToward a Multidisciplinary Approach
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781317736011
ISBN (Print)9781315791609
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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