Ecological Contextual Community Based Theories

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The ecological approach concerns the complete environment (context and time): mind, body, social integration, the built environment, and the inherited environment. The ecological approach expands upon personality, embodiment, socialization, and power, thought, proprioception, and resources—the purview of psychology, biology, sociology, and political science.

Seekins works from the perspective of community psychology. Kasnitz adds the perspective of cultural geography.

  • Impairment is situational and contextually constructed
  • Disability is a response to environmental systems and pressures
  • Community development strategies can restructure disabling barriers to access and participation
  • Analyzes systemic and situational ethno-embodiment
  • Impairment as one culturally constructed resolution to the tension of embodied anomaly
  • Disability and handicap are unique systemic constructions of differential access throughout the life course and in valued cultural domains


  1. More information on Seekins and the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities can be found online. From the RTC: Rural website:”By conducting research across the focus areas of health, employment, and community participation and independent living, RTC: Rural uncovers the relationships among personal and environmental factors that show how people experience the rural environment to maintain quality of life.”

The typical existing situation

I personally define normal as the typical existing situation in the context of society as a whole and whatever the majority deems to be acceptable. — Dylan Theoretical Models Ecological and Community Based Theory: Idea that society determines the concept of normal.

Helping out

Normal means how to help out in certain ways. Traveling, taking walks, and moving around (in any way that helps be motivated to be in the community and feel supported).

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