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The Social Constructedness of Resilience


  • Martin Endress

    () (Department IV: Business Administration, Economics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Business Informatics, University of Trier, Trier 54286, Germany)


This essay aims to clarify what it means to de-essentialize the concept of “resilience”. Pre-determinated assumptions regarding its normativity or positive character are to be disproven in order to conceptualize it as an open (social) process; thus to adopt a social constructivist perspective on the phenomenon to which this term refers, while avoiding the typical pitfalls of relativism.

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  • Martin Endress, 2015. "The Social Constructedness of Resilience," Social Sciences, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 4(3), pages 1-13, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jscscx:v:4:y:2015:i:3:p:533-545:d:53449

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    1. Daniel Lorenz, 2013. "The diversity of resilience: contributions from a social science perspective," Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, Springer;International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 67(1), pages 7-24, May.
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    resilience; social construction; relevance; perspectivity; relativism; temporality; normality; power;

    JEL classification:

    • A - General Economics and Teaching
    • B - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology
    • N - Economic History
    • P - Economic Systems
    • Y80 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Related Disciplines - - - Related Disciplines
    • Z00 - Other Special Topics - - General - - - General


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