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Resilience in the post-welfare inner cityVoluntary sector geographies in London, Los Angeles and Sydney$
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Geoffrey DeVerteuil

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316558

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316558.001.0001

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(p.3) One Introduction
Resilience in the post-welfare inner city

Geoffrey DeVerteuil

Policy Press

This chapter outlines the five cornerstone of the book. First is the bringing of critical intent to the concept of resilience, the production of which is usually seen as regressively status-quo, by developing what is deemed a ‘critical resilience of the residuals’ whereby the relics of previously more equitable (Keynesian) arrangement are protected and defended. Second, a more ambivalent, if not supportive, version of the voluntary sector is presented. Third, a more complex interpretation of inner-city territory, one buffeted by multiple motivations that can breed resilience, rather than advancing a purely punitive representation, is advanced. Fourth and finally, the comparative approach will valorize overlooked, ordinary agents and practices (of care, sustenance, abeyance) within global-city regions, and propose novel approaches to comparing the voluntary sector and resilience comparatively. Further, the rich empirical material will be used to explore some empirical questions around the degree of similarity and difference across the Australian, UK and US welfare state and voluntary sector settlements.

Keywords:   resilience, inner city, neoliberalism, comparative urbanism, voluntary sector, social geography, post-welfare city

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