The Social Ecology of Resilience

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Social Ecologies and Their Contribution to Resilience

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The chapter begins with a detailed expression of resilience that defines it as a set of behaviors over time that depends on the opportunities that are available and accessible to individuals, their families, and communities. Building on the research of other scholars and the Resilience Research Centre (Dalhousie University), the author shows the importance of understanding resilience as a contextually and culturally embedded construct and the need to capture what people mean when they say “doing well when facing adversity.”