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Developing the public health workforce: a 'communities of practice' perspective.

Mallinson, Sara L. and Popay, J. and Mackian, S. and Kowarzik, U. (2006) Developing the public health workforce: a 'communities of practice' perspective. Policy & Politics, 34 (2). pp. 265-285. ISSN 1470-8442

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The qualitative research described in this article aims to explore the dynamics of routine public health practice and policy within two local health systems. Using a theoretical framework drawn from social science and management literatures on 'communities of practice' (Wenger, 1998), we seek to illuminate the values and ideas that shape the way in which public health practice and policy making is 'done' on a routine basis. In particular, we suggest that people's narratives about their daily work resonate with the concepts of engagement, peripheral participation and marginalisation used in the communities of practice literature.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Policy & Politics
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 3338
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 19 Mar 2008 13:17
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:24
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