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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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Resilience and residualism

Resilience and residualism

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Resilience in the post-welfare inner city

Geoffrey DeVerteuil

Policy Press

This chapter develops a parsimonious concept of social and spatial resilience that is directly applicable to residual arrangements (service hubs), while also opening up some critical intent for the term. It is this careful and singular focus on resilience that builds upon, but also sets my work apart from, others who have deployed resilience from a critical (yet more peripheral) perspective. Upon defining social and spatial resilience, seven propositions are included to develop a more critical stance: resilience requires a threat (acute or chronic); resilience can be adaptive, and is more than just ‘bouncing back’ or persisting; resilience is a process and, not an endpoint, and can be produced; resilience can be enabled, shared and transferred; ‘everyday’ resilience is a potential alternative to spectacular ‘resistance’ or ‘reworking’; resilience can be critical, but perhaps not transformative; and that resilience can be usefully applied to residual arrangements.

Keywords:   resilience, social resilience, spatial resilience, persistence, resistance, residuals

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