Isolation in rural, remote and urban communities

Maureen Fegan, Jennifer Bowes

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In this chapter we consider the role of communities in the support of families and children. To illustrate the importance of community influences, we discuss the benefits of well-functioning and adequate community links, then highlight difficulties encountered by families who are cut off from their communities, or who live in communities that are themselves isolated. We examine links between families and communities, discuss the impact of social change on the extent and form of isolation, and consider what it can mean for children and families to be excluded from community support. We conclude by identifying strategies and examples of innovative, ongoing and effective service models that have been used successfully in the Australian context to combat the negative effects of isolation. The first task, however, is to clarify how we are using the term 'community'.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChildren, families and communities
Subtitle of host publicationcontexts and consequences
EditorsJennifer M Bowes
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)0195517350
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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    Fegan, M., & Bowes, J. (2004). Isolation in rural, remote and urban communities. In J. M. Bowes (Ed.), Children, families and communities: contexts and consequences (2nd ed., pp. 143-166). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.