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How to LandFinding Ground in an Unstable World$
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Ann Cooper Albright

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190873677

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190873677.001.0001

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(p.139) 5 Resilience
How to Land

Ann Cooper Albright

Oxford University Press

Resilience calls forth stories of ingenuity and resourcefulness in the face of a greater power. This could be a force of nature (hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, drought), human-made destruction (wars, industrial accidents, terrorism, climate change), or simply meeting up with the neighborhood bully on the playground. Although it is currently used in discussions of economics and technologies, as well as in reference to people and the natural world, resilience demands an accounting with the more affective dimensions of our experience. Eventually, with time (suspension) and support (gravity), lives are reimagined, buildings are reconstructed, and we try to establish a new sense of balance. But resilience also carries the possibility of lasting transformation. Often in returning and remembering, we find that we no longer want what we had before. Natural ecologies, human communities, and complex systems can all exhibit resilience; it is necessarily a grass-roots movement.

Keywords:   resilience, survival, ecology, tensegrity, trauma, chronic pain, transformation

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