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Societies, Volume 1, Issue 1 (December 2011), Pages 1-29

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Open AccessEditorial Societies: An Open Access Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities
Societies 2011, 1(1), 1-2; doi:10.3390/soc1010001
Received: 16 February 2011 / Accepted: 17 February 2011 / Published: 17 February 2011
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Scholars have long recognized the value of moving beyond their disciplinary silos to view the world from a variety of different perspectives. Our understanding of humanity and the world in which we live has been greatly enhanced by the insights produced by [...] Read more.
Scholars have long recognized the value of moving beyond their disciplinary silos to view the world from a variety of different perspectives. Our understanding of humanity and the world in which we live has been greatly enhanced by the insights produced by multidisciplinary research teams and the emergence of interdisciplinary programs within academia. Societies, the latest open access journal from MDPI, contributes to this thriving enterprise in three inter-related and unique ways. [...] Full article

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Open AccessArticle Conceptualizing Organizational Domains of Community Empowerment through Empowerment Evaluation in Estonian Communities
Societies 2011, 1(1), 3-29; doi:10.3390/soc1010003
Received: 1 April 2011 / Revised: 25 May 2011 / Accepted: 10 June 2011 / Published: 20 June 2011
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The importance of community empowerment has been strongly emphasized in health promotion publications in Western societies. Only a few studies exist to highlight the empowerment processes in countries in transition in Eastern Europe. A multi-stage study was designed to develop a context-specific [...] Read more.
The importance of community empowerment has been strongly emphasized in health promotion publications in Western societies. Only a few studies exist to highlight the empowerment processes in countries in transition in Eastern Europe. A multi-stage study was designed to develop a context-specific survey instrument appropriate for evaluating the changes in the community empowerment process within the context of health promotion programs in Rapla, Estonia. The current study comprises the first stage, which aims to identify and systematize empowering domains and activities perceived by community members during the empowerment evaluation process. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with sixteen participants from three health promotion programs. Purposive sampling was used, and data were analyzed using constant comparison. The findings suggest that there are four key organizational domains that characterize the community empowerment process in Rapla: activation of the community, competence development of the community, program management development, and creation of a supportive environment. Full article

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