Lookup NU author(s): Professor Simin Davoudi
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In this chapter, I argue that resilience, a concept rooted in complex systems theory, is becoming an alternative rationality for governing complexity and uncertainty. However, it is a specific interpretation of resilience that is co-opted into and reinforced by policy discourses; one which is in tune with the liberal framing of freedom and responsibility and the conservative value of maintaining the status quo. The former is reflected in the promotion of self-reliance as a key measure of resilient self, and the latter is manifested in the emphasis on bouncing back to ‘normal’ orders and negating the transformative opportunities that may emerge from complexity, uncertainty and contingency.
Author(s): Davoudi S
Editor(s): Bevir M
Publication type: Book Chapter
Publication status: Published
Book Title: Governmentality after neoliberalism
Print publication date: 06/05/2016
Acceptance date: 02/11/2015
Series Title: Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy
Number of Volumes: 1
Place Published: New York
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