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Resilience, Hardship and Social Conditions

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Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Social Policy
Early online date21 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


This paper provides a critical assessment of the term ‘resilience’ – and its highly agent-centric conceptualisation – when applied to how individuals and households respond to hardship. We provide an argument for social conditions to be embedded into the framework of resilience analysis. Drawing on two different perspectives in social theory, namely the structure-agent nexus and path dependency, we aim to demonstrate that the concept of resilience, if understood in isolation from the social conditions within which it may or may not arise, can result in a number of problems. This includes misidentification of resilience, ideological exploitation of the term and inability to explain intermittence in resilience.


This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of the following article: Hulya Dagdeviren, Matthew Donoghue, and Markus Promberger, ‘Resilience, Hardship and Social Conditions’, Journal of Social Policy, Vol. 45 (1), pp. 1-20, first published online 21 July 2015. The final, published version is available online at DOI: © 2015 Cambridge University Press.

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