(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

What is social resilience? Lessons learned and ways forward

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

KECK M. (1) ; SAKDAPOLRAK P. (1) ;
(1) Dept. of Geography, Univ., Bonn, ALLEMAGNE


In this article we argue that social resilience has the potential to be crafted into a coherent analytic framework that can build on scientific knowledge from the established concept of social vulnerability, and offer a fresh perspective on today’s challenges of global change. We propose to define social resilience as being comprised of three dimensions: 1. Coping capacities – the ability of social actors to cope with and overcome all kinds of adversities; 2. Adaptive capacities – their ability to learn from past experiences and adjust themselves to future challenges in their everyday lives; 3. Transformative capacities – their ability to craft sets of institutions that foster individual welfare and sustainable societal robustness towards future crises. Viewed in this way, the search for ways to build social resilience, especially in the livelihoods of the poor and marginalized, is revealed to be not only a technical, but also a political issue


Article of periodic

published at : Erdkunde / ISSN 0014-0015

Editor : Boss, Kleve - ALLEMAGNE (1947)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 67, no1 [pp. 5-19]

Bibliographic references : 5 p.

Collation : 1 tabl.



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.3112/erdkunde.2013.01.02

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