Disasters and Communities: Understanding Social Resilience

In this paper, the authors review the multifaceted nature of social resilience, and how this capacity is thought to have various properties, notably resistance, recovery and creativity.

Brigit Maguire, Patrick Hagan, Disasters and Communities: Understanding Social Resilience, The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Vol. 22 No. 2, 2007.

The article examines the idea that social groups within a community differ insofar as their levels of resilience and the threats to which they are resilient.

While research in the social sciences suggests that social resilience is a ‘naturally emergent' response to disaster, the article argues that emergency management plans must recognise and build on this capacity, and that improved indicators of social resilience are a priority area for future research.

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