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BANG, Claudia  y  STOLKINER, Alicia. Sociological contributions for thinking about the meanings of "community" in community participative practices in health. Anu. investig. [online]. 2012, vol.19, n.1, pp.115-122. ISSN 1851-1686.

In community health policies and practices there is a supposed consensus about the meaning of the community concept, under which proliferates a real great polysemy. The aim of this study is to describe some meanings given to the idea of community by the actors of a community participation experience in health, and analyze the congruences and concordances with some theoretical formulations of the sociology field. This is an exploratorymdescriptive case study, based on participatory activities of health promotion carried out by an institutional network in Buenos Aires City. A bibliographic review has been made in the sociological theory, and a joint with the field material. It concludes that the meanings given to the community by the actors that inhabit make up a complex network with a theoreticalmsociological counterpart in different historical periods. Geological layers can be traced back in the senses that circulate from the bottom, differing from those granted by governmental bodies.

Palabras clave : Community; Health promotion; Community participation; Sociological theory.

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