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Can resilience be redeemed? Resilience as a metaphor for change, not against change

Deverteuil, Geoff and Golubchikov, Oleg 2016. Can resilience be redeemed? Resilience as a metaphor for change, not against change. City 20 (1) , pp. 143-151. 10.1080/13604813.2015.1125714

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Resilience has been critiqued as being regressively status quo and thus propping up neo-liberalism, that it lacks transformative potential, and that it can be used as a pretence to cast off needy people and places. We move from this critique of resilience to a critical resilience, based in the following arguments: (i) resilience can sustain alternative and previous practices that contradict neo-liberalism; (ii) resilience is more active and dynamic than passive; and (iii) resilience can sustain survival, thus acting as a precursor to more obviously transformative action such as resistance. These bring us more closely to a heterogeneous de-neo-liberalized reading of resilience, explicitly opening it to social justice, power relations and uneven development, and performing valuable conceptual and pragmatic work that usefully moves us beyond resistance yet retaining (long-term) struggle.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 1360-4813
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2022 11:30

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