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Placing healthNeighbourhood renewal, health improvement and complexity$
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Tim Blackman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346117

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346117.001.0001

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Health, neighbourhoods and complexity

Health, neighbourhoods and complexity

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Placing health

Tim Blackman

Policy Press

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

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