Structural Foundations of Social Resilience

Hulya Dagdeviren, Luis Capucha, Alexandre Calado, Matthew Donoghue, Pedro Estêvão

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This article aims to contribute to the theoretical development of the social resilience approach. Recognising the interface between resilience and poverty studies, it proposes a distinct role for resilience research from a critical perspective to understand the dynamics of hardship in exceptional times, such as times of socio-economic crises, rather than explaining the long-term trajectories of poverty. It then provides a conceptual framework on the structural foundations of social resilience, highlighting three components: rules, resources and power relations. The article uses the 2008 crisis and the ensuing period of austerity as a microcosm to place the discussion within a contemporary context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-552
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Issue number4
Early online date28 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


  • Resilience
  • crisis
  • hardship
  • poverty
  • structure


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