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Soc. Sci. 2014, 3(1), 60-70; doi:10.3390/socsci3010060
Department of Sociology, Columbia University, 606 W. 122nd Street, New York, NY 10027, USA
Received: 13 September 2013 / Revised: 3 January 2014 / Accepted: 16 January 2014 / Published: 10 February 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Constructing Resilience, Negotiating Vulnerability)
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AbstractThis commentary reviews key themes posed by papers in this Special Issue and points to open questions. For example, does resilience in socio-technical systems degrade with use or, like immune systems, is resilience upgraded with use? Similarly, is resilience about responding in the face of the rare event? Or, is it being prepared for the rare event? Is it useful to think about the evolution of resilience? What are the risks posed by models of risk? That is, do models to reduce vulnerability to risk, increase vulnerability? What is the role of reflexivity in the analysis of resilience?
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