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Richard Pugh

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347213

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347213.001.0001

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The social dynamics of small communities

The social dynamics of small communities

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Rural social work

Richard Pugh

Brian Cheers

Policy Press

The social dynamics of life in small communities impact upon people's lives, their problems, and their understandings of their difficulties, as well as their views about how these might be best addressed. Social work in rural communities may not be completely distinctive from practice in urban areas, such as housing projects or encapsulated ‘urban villages’. However, because small communities are where most rural social work takes place, these social dynamics are likely to be more frequently encountered, which is why workers in rural areas need to develop an awareness of these factors and their potential significance. This chapter describes some of the key factors that operate in small communities, and shows why social workers might need to develop some understanding of gender roles, ideas of belonging and place, gossip, and social visibility and confidentiality. The latter part of the chapter looks at some of the important challenges facing workers who live and work within small communities, and draws on previously published work on dual relationships.

Keywords:   social dynamics, small communities, rural communities, rural social work, social workers, gender roles, belonging, social visibility, confidentiality, dual relationships

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