The Capability of Places

The Capability of Places : Methods for Modelling Community Response to Intrusion and Change

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How can we assess the ability of a place to respond to challenges like migration, recession and disease? Places which seem similar can respond very differently, and with varying degrees of success, to external threats and to the interventions designed to manage them. In this magisterial work, drawing on decades of research, Sandra Wallman explores how we can measure and compare the resilience of communities, looking in detail at neighbourhoods in London, Rome and Zambia. Each locale is examined as a system which is more or less open or closed; open systems tend to be more resilient when faced with external challenges. As well as being a fascinating study in its own right, the book includes detailed accounts of the research methods used, as well as a user-friendly typology for classifying local systems, making it an invaluable tool for students, researchers and policy-makers.
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  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 142.24 x 218.44 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 30 figures
  • 0745331467
  • 9780745331461

Table of contents

Acknowledgements 1 Themes And A Model 2 London - Ethnicity Or Localism? 3 Rome - Migrants And Migration 4 Zambia - Terrains And Tuberculosis 5 Three Sets Of Methods, One Methodology 6 Towards Typology Appendices List Of Figures List Of Works Cited Index
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Fieldwork, comparison, team collaboration, longitudinal research - all in one study, and one book! There is a sophisticated ethnographic eye, and a productive synthesis of perspectives from social anthropology and related fields. As anthropologists renew their methodology, to face widening practical and theoretical challenges, they can learn much from Sandra Wallman's team. -- Ulf Hannerz is Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University. His books include Cultural Complexity (1992), Transnational Connections (1996) and Anthropology's World (Pluto, 2010). This book is a helpful combination of academic analysis and practical insights. It should be useful to anyone seeking to empower communities to act for public health or local development. -- David Nabarro, United Nations Special Representative on Food Security and Nutrition
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About Sandra Wallman

Sandra Wallman is an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at University College London. She is the author of Kampala Women Getting by: Wellbeing in the Time of AIDS and Eight London Households.
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