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Soc. Sci. 2015, 4(3), 533-545;

The Social Constructedness of Resilience

Department IV: Business Administration, Economics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Business Informatics, University of Trier, Trier 54286, Germany
Academic Editor: Gernot Grabher
Received: 26 February 2015 / Revised: 23 June 2015 / Accepted: 22 July 2015 / Published: 30 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Constructing Resilience, Negotiating Vulnerability)
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This essay aims to clarify what it means to de-essentialize the concept of “resilience”. Pre-determinated assumptions regarding its normativity or positive character are to be disproven in order to conceptualize it as an open (social) process; thus to adopt a social constructivist perspective on the phenomenon to which this term refers, while avoiding the typical pitfalls of relativism. View Full-Text
Keywords: resilience; social construction; relevance; perspectivity; relativism; temporality; normality; power resilience; social construction; relevance; perspectivity; relativism; temporality; normality; power
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