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Kevin Fox Gotham & Bradford Powers

In: The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies

Chapter 10: Constructing and Contesting Resilience in Post-Disaster Urban Communities

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Constructing and Contesting Resilience in Post-Disaster Urban Communities
Constructing and Contesting Resilience in Post-Disaster Urban Communities
Kevin Fox GothamBradford Powers
INTRODUCTION

Recent years have witnessed the growth of an interdisciplinary literature that seeks to identify the indicators, measures, and processes of resilience in communities affected by disasters. In ecology, resilience refers to the capacity of a system to absorb disturbance and persist in a stable state (Gunderson et al., 2006). In Holling's (1973) original and influential thesis, ecological resilience refers to the persistence of relationships within a system and the ‘ability of systems to absorb changes of state variables, driving variables and parameters, and still persist’ (p. 17). Researchers often use the terms adaptive capacity and ‘bounce back', both of which refer to the ability of a ...

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