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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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The critical resilience of the residuals

The critical resilience of the residuals

(p.219) Eleven The critical resilience of the residuals
Resilience in the post-welfare inner city

Geoffrey DeVerteuil

Policy Press

This chapter critically evaluates the utility of social and spatial resilience to the voluntary sector in residual service hubs, both in terms of resilience as a phenomenon to be studied in its own right but also its utility for social and critical geography, and for the study of the voluntary sector. Resilience can be seen as a social and spatial struggle as important as any effort to secure the ‘right to the city’ (but garnering far less attention), with at least some critical potential. While much of the chapter is concerned with the real-world application of previously-developed concepts about resilience, survival and gentrification, the centerpiece innovation is the presentation and consolidation of a new perspective on resilience captured by the ‘critical resilience of the residuals’. But Chapter 11 by no means gives a carte blanche to resilience – it is both a deconstruction and reconstruction of resilience, a stress-test following the extended case study. Indeed, the results suggested some shortcomings to the concept, some of which are difficult to surmount, prompting the need to supplement resilience with alternative concepts such as ‘commons’.

Keywords:   resilience, commons, right to the city, critical resilience of the resilience

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