Community Prevention of Alcohol Problems

  • Marja Holmila
  • Jo Campling

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Marja Holmila
      Pages 1-19
  3. Local Prevention in Context

  4. Reflexive Intervention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Marja Holmila
      Pages 95-107
    3. Pekka Sillanaukee
      Pages 108-122
    4. Marja Holmila, Kari Haavisto
      Pages 123-135
    5. Marja Holmila, Kari Haavisto
      Pages 136-153
    6. Marja Holmila
      Pages 154-170
  5. Assessing the Utility of the Lahti Project

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Marja Holmila
      Pages 173-182
    3. Marja Holmila, Jussi Simpura
      Pages 183-205
  6. Conclusions: Local Community in Preventive Action

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 217-251

About this book


This book is an action research study of a community at work. The community prevention project set the system in motion, revealing its character and internal dynamics. This process and its context are analyzed from a sociological point of view. It is shown that the type of community prevention that really works and creates sustainable changes, is neither value neutral nor given from above: it adheres to reason, rituals and emotions alike, and requires subjective involvement of the people in the community.


alcohol community emotion sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Marja Holmila
    • 1
  • Jo Campling
  1. 1.Social Research Institute of Alcohol StudiesHelsinkiFinland

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