The use and abuse of 'community' and 'neighbourhood' within disability research: an exposé, clarification, and recommendation

Cummins, Robert and Kim, Yunji 2015, The use and abuse of 'community' and 'neighbourhood' within disability research: an exposé, clarification, and recommendation, International journal of developmental disabilities, vol. 61, no. 2, pp. 68-75, doi: 10.1179/2047386914Z.00000000089.

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Title The use and abuse of 'community' and 'neighbourhood' within disability research: an exposé, clarification, and recommendation
Author(s) Cummins, RobertORCID iD for Cummins, Robert
Kim, Yunji
Journal name International journal of developmental disabilities
Volume number 61
Issue number 2
Start page 68
End page 75
Total pages 8
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 2047-3869
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Education, Special
Education & Educational Research
quality of life
subjective well-being
Summary Almost invariably in the disability literature, the terms 'neighbourhood' and 'community' are used as though they have some commonly understood meaning. They do not, and authors rarely offer a definition. This problem adds opacity to the literature describing people's living environment and the nature of their interaction with others living in the same area. This ambiguity becomes crucial to understanding when these terms are linked to other vague, but emotionally-charged words, such as 'inclusion' or 'integration'. This review presents some of the ways 'neighbourhood' and 'community' may be correctly employed. It also explores the theoretical basis for understanding how and why their use may be misleading. Finally, it is demonstrated that the assumed relevance of neighbourhood participation for life quality has been greatly exaggerated. We recommend that authors carefully define their use of these terms in order to facilitate understanding free from emotional bias.
Language eng
DOI 10.1179/2047386914Z.00000000089
Field of Research 111708 Health and Community Services
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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