Health, neighbourhoods and complexity

Tim Blackman

in Placing health

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346117
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302971 | DOI:
Health, neighbourhoods and complexity

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This chapter discusses the complexity theory in relation to the concept of neighbourhood. It outlines the key ideas of this theory and explains the analysis of neighbourhoods and their wider environments as open, dynamic, and adaptive systems. The chapter attempts to link the complexity theory with Charles Ragin's qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) method. It also discusses the interrelationships of social space and geographical space, and highlights the importance of understanding causal combinations as a basis for intervention.

Keywords: complexity theory; neighbourhood; Charles Ragin; QCA method; social space; geographic space

Chapter.  9412 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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