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Social Dimensions of Resilience and Climate Change: A Rapid Review

The social dimensions of resilience and their relationship with social capital have received little attention in climate change research. This article aims to provide an understanding of the structural, cognitive, and human rights-based interconnection of social capital and the social dimension of resilience. This article provides a rapid review of published studies on the social dimensions of resilience in the context of climate change. The search yielded 26 articles, 18 of which were related to the social dimension of resilience and were selected for review. Based on the findings, I elaborate on social capital, social-psychological, and right-based approaches to theorize social capital. The findings indicate a link between social capital and the social dimensions of resilience. The structural foundation for social capital is provided by the interconnection of bonding, bridging, and linking. The social psychological approach is linked to cognitive social capital that contributes to collective psycho-social resilience. The human rights-based approach educates about the social dimension of resilience through the lens of equity and power. To survive and thrive in environmental threats, communal solidarity requires the social interconnectedness formed by all three forms of social capital integrating social system, social values, reciprocal engagement, and inclusive social actions. This article provides theoretical knowledge about three dimensions of social capital, elaborating on the interconnections and need for theoretical triangulation in climate change studies.
Conceptualizing Social Resilience in the Context of Migrants’ Lived Experiences

The current concept of social resilience, which developed from the classic definition of resilience, neglects social resilience as a social phenomenon including social experiences and practices in the face of change and adversity. I argue that framing social resilience as a capacity or ability undermines its characteristics as a complex and contextualized social phenomenon that contributes to adaptive and transformative abilities in the context of migrants' lived experiences. In this article, I present a social constructionist approach to conceptualize social resilience. From a life course perspective, I emphasize on migrants' lived experiences. In this context, I describe status, network,support, and visibility as four institutionally embedded dimensions of social resilience that interconnect environmental factors to impact social experiences and practices. Social resilience is a phenomenon characterized by migrants' lived experiences marked by uncertainty and turning points embodied in the host country's political, economic, cultural, and social contexts - Read More

Social Resilience and Mental Health among Eritrean Asylum-Seekers in Switzerland (2018)

Eritreans comprise the largest group of asylum-seekers in Switzerland. Capital building, considered through the lens of social resilience, consisted of language learning, establishing of new individual- and community-level social networks, and proactive symbolic capital building through volunteering. Authors contextualize the asylum-seekers’ experience into a resilience framework and offer practical recommendations for improving mental health care access. Read More

Social Dimensions of Resilience

“The scale and the impact of disasters today can be greater than anything we’ve previously experienced,”(Laurie Mazur, March 18, 2013). A talk on social dimension of resilience at Woodrow Wilson International looking at the various connections between health, environment, livelihoods, population, and security.

What is Social Resilience - Lessons Learned and Way Forward (2013)

Based on a critical review of recently published literature on the issue, this article propose to define social resilience as being comprised of three dimensions:
1. Coping capacities —the ability of social actors to cope with and overcome all kinds of adversities;
2. Adaptive capacities — the ability to learn from past experiences and adjust themselves to future challenges in their everyday lives;
3. Transformative capacities — their ability to craft sets of institutions that foster individual welfare and sustainable societal robustness towards future crises. Viewed in this way, the search for ways to build social resilience — especially in the livelihoods of the poor and marginalized — is revealed to be not only a technical, but also a political issue.
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Qualitative Contribution to Resilience Research (2003)

The use of qualitative methods can make a substantial contribution to our understanding of the construct of resilience. In particular, qualitative research addresses two specific shortcomings noted by resilience researchers: arbitrariness in the selection of outcome variables, and the challenge accounting for the sociocultural context in which resilience occurs. Qualitative research can help to resolve these dilemmas in five ways. Qualitative methods: are well suited to the discovery of the unnamed protective processes relevant to the lived experience of research participants; provide thick description of phenomenon in very specific contexts; elicit and add power to minority ‘voices’ which account for unique localized definitions of positive outcomes; promote tolerance for these localized constructions by avoiding generalization but facilitating transferability of results; and, require researchers to account for their biased standpoints. Reference to exemplars of resilience research will be used to make an argument for the complementarity of research paradigms. Read More

Social-Ecological Resilience

Resilience is the capacity of a system, be it an individual, a forest, a city or an economy, to deal with change and continue to develop.

Social Resilience and Migration

Webinar Presentation, Social Resilience and Migration, November 4, 15.15-17.00, Society for Critical Studies of Crisis

Towards social resilience: A quantitative and qualitative survey on citizens' perception of social media in emergencies in Europe (2017)

As part of the EU project ‘EmerGent’ this article presents the findings of a survey of 1034 citizens across 30 European countries conducted between February and June 2015 to explore citizens' attitudes towards the use of social media for private purposes and in emergency situations. The article briefly compares these findings with a second survey conducted with 761 emergency service staff across 32 European countries from September to December 2014. The aim of the overall study is to discuss citizens' attitudes towards social media in emergencies in order to derive challenges and opportunities for social resilience. Read More

What is Social Resilience.

CIFAR Successful Society program members Michèle Lamont, Peter Hall, Bill Sewell, Will Kymlicka and Leanne Son Hing discuss social resilience and where signs of it can be found.

Building Social Resilience Through Parks and Common Recreational Spaces (2019)

Social interaction and place attachment are thought to contribute toward social cohesion, a collective identity and community support. These are all characteristics of resilient cities. Singapore’s National Parks Board has undertaken a series of research studies in collaboration with medical professionals, that seek to understand these important aspects of social resilience in cities. Read More

What is ‘Social Resilience’? Perspectives of Disaster Researchers (2016)

To better understand what social resilience means at the community level, this research examined the perspectives of hazards researchers, emergency management practitioners, and policymakers from New Zealand's Wellington region. Read Here

Rethink Talks: Social Resilience during Times of Crisis

Albert Norström from Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Global Resilience Partnership talks to colleague Cibele Queiroz from the beforementioned institutions and Rafael Calderon-Contreras from the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico. Together they take a closer look at some of these communities and how they have responded to this crisis. More information

Guide for Social Workers

This practical guide has been made to develop emotional resilience and wellbeing. The guide is freely available to everyone. It is a comprehensive guide, based on what research says and supports resilience in social workers. The guide is full of information and ideas to use in your practice. If you are pushed for time and want to jump straight to techniques and tools to try, go to the final section: What can I do to enhance my resilience? Download Guide

Health within Limitations: Qualitative study of the Social Aspects of Resilience in Old Age (2015)

Ageing can be conceptualized as a series of transitions, each bringing about gains or losses. The actual experience of a life event is dependent also on a person’s resilience, which is importantly reflected in his/her subjective health. Although recognizing the importance of personal factors, this article focused on the social resources for resilience. The main aim was to identify the social conditions of resilient healthy ageing that could be promoted among elderly and at the wider societal level. Read More

Qualitative Indicators of Social Resilience in Small-Scale Fishing Communities (2014)

This paper reports on ethnographic research aimed at understanding what resilience means to those living within fishery-dependent communities. This study examine the reflections of fishermen and other community members on the past, present, and future of their communities, including the threats they face and how they are able to respond to them. Read

A qualitative model of patterns of resilience and vulnerability in responding to a pandemic outbreak with system dynamics (2021)

This article looks into the capacity of the healthcare to pace with the surge of patients, the role of governments in mobilizing individuals and organizations, the diffusion of risk information to the general public and so on. The relationships between the healthcare, government, social support and economic systems are presented with the use of system archetypes and leverage points for overcoming bottlenecks. Finally, the archetypes are assembled into an overall causal loop diagram that has implications for policies and behavioral patterns. Read More

Building Family's Social Resilience through Batobo Culture: A community environment proposal (2018)

This study aimed at seeing cultural values of batobo in building family's social resilience. A qualitative approach with descriptive phenomenology was used as a research methodology. The results showed that batobo cultural values obtained in building family's social resilience were; (i) social independence, (ii) strengthening contributions to the family, (iii) equality of life, and (iv) having open communication. The results of this study illustrated that the culture of batobo in Minang society could be used as an alternative to build family social resilience in the midst of society that had been starting to live individually. Read More

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