Recommended Readings and Talks on Social Resilience

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A poster “Stop calling me RESILIENT” by Tracie Washington that she presented in the street of New Orleans in 2005.

Social Resilience and Migration

Currently, I am researching social resilience and migration, in the context of challenges and changes that shape immigrants lives in the host country. My research project investigates the young adult immigrants’ lived experiences in the host country with an emphasis on social resilience as a phenomenon characterized by turning points during the life transition of young adult immigrants in the host country. In this connection, I see social resilience contingent on social experiences and our interaction with the environment (as social actors) constructing and co-constructing the meaning of social aspects of the resilience. Hence, to conceptualize and investigate social resilience, I am interested in understanding social experience and social practices corresponding (3Cs) Change, Challenge, and Continutiy. To give voice to the 'social' in social resilience, I will explore the concept of social resilience beyond its limited and displine-centred definition that conceptualizes it as abilty or capacity to withstand adversity. Gaining indepth insight of young adult immigrants' life in Sweden, I will ground the conceptulization of social resilience in the lived experiences providing a bottom-up perspective. By now I have tried to explore social resilience in different dimensions and presented my work in some conferences.

The concept of resilience - Focus shifted from trait perspectives to social constructionist perspective

  • 12-13 July 2022. Qamar, A. H. Social Value of the Child: A Resource for Enhanced Social Experience and Social Resilience in Pro-baby Global South. 3-4. Abstract from Children and Childhood Conference, Ipswich, United Kingdom.
  • 2-4 June 2022. Qamar, A. H. Researching Migrant Children: Proposing a Qualitative Research Mosaic. International Conference on Child Migration and Integration: Trends and Challenges, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law. Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • 10 Feb 2022 - Qamar, A. H. Problematizing Definition of Social Resilience: A Scoping Review of Popular Definitions. 2nd International Conference on Business, Management and Social sciences (ICBMASS-22). School of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • 9 Dec 2021 – Qamar, A. H. Motherhood: A Resource for Social Resilience and Holistic Wellbeing. International Conference on Clinical Practice and Rehabilitation: The Interplay of Mind, Body, and Soul. Centre for Clinical Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore Pakistan.
  • 4 May 2021 – Qamar, A. H. Conceptualizing and Researching Resilience: Need for Theoretical and Methodological Triangulation. Knowledge for Sustainable Development – Lund University Research Conference. Lund University, Sweden.

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