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Resilience journal

Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses

Taylor & Francis journal

Aims & scope

Resilience is a central concept informing policy frameworks dealing with developmental, social, economic, security and environmental problems in ways that clearly cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses creates a platform for dialogue about the processes, spaces, policies, practices and subjectivities through which resilience is seen to operate. As such, this journal draws together academic expertise from disciplines such as international sociology, geography, political theory, development studies, security studies, anthropology and law.

This journal seeks to draw out and engage with the assumptions informing resilience approaches and practices and, in so doing, create an inter-disciplinary space for contemporary critical social theorising. The themes connected to resilience that we are interested in pursuing include: the practices of prevention, empowerment and capacity-building; the policies of resilience, as applied in different fields and at different levels and their interconnections, proliferation and implementation; the discourses of adaptation and vulnerability, their genealogy and construction in relation to the natural and human sciences; the processes of resilience, how ‘resilience thinking’ approaches complexity, networks, causality and agency in new ways; the spaces of construction, the arenas where communities and policy practices are constituted at a wide range of levels from the local and regional to the national and global; the economics of adaptation, the links with neoliberal approaches and the shift to the private and social sphere; the politics of resilience in relation to communities of resistance and the construction (and deconstruction) of the political; the subjectivities articulated in the interpellation of the subject as embedded, as self-securing and responsibilised, and as active and transformative.

Video interview with editor, David Chandler for Taylor & Francis

Latest issue

David Chandler, ‘Beyond neoliberalism: resilience, the new art of governing complexity’, Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2014, pages 47-63


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