Youth Resilience and Culture

Commonalities and Complexities

  • Linda C. Theron
  • Linda Liebenberg
  • Michael Ungar

Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. The Complex Interactions of Resilience and Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Margaret O’Dougherty Wright, Ann S. Masten
      Pages 3-22
  3. Illustrative (Case) Studies: Youth Resilience and Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Elias Mpofu, Nancy Ruhode, Magen Mhaka-Mutepfa, James January, John Mapfumo
      Pages 67-79
    3. Patrick Russell, Linda Liebenberg, Michael Ungar
      Pages 131-141
    4. Elizabeth A. Moore, Donna M. Mertens
      Pages 143-155
  4. Researching Resilience Across Cultures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Linda Liebenberg, Linda C. Theron
      Pages 203-215
    3. Laurie “Lali” D. McCubbin, Jennifer Moniz
      Pages 217-229
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Catherine Panter-Brick
      Pages 233-244
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 245-250

About this book


Until researchers and theorists account for the complex relationship between resilience and culture, explanations of why some individuals prevail in the face of adversity will remain incomplete. This edited volume addresses this crucial issue by bringing together emerging discussions of the ways in which culture shapes resilience, the theory that informs these various studies, and important considerations for researchers as they continue to investigate resilience. Using research from majority and minority world contexts, ‘Youth Resilience and Culture: Commonalities and Complexities’ highlights that non-stereotypical, critical appreciation of the cultural systems in which youth are embedded, and/or affiliate with, is pivotal to understanding why particular resilience processes matter for particular youth in a particular life-world at a particular point in time. In doing so, this book sensitizes readers to the importance of accounting for the influence of cultural contexts on resilience processes, and to the danger of conceptualising and/or operationalising resilience, culture, and their interplay, simplistically or idealistically. In short, the progressive contents of ‘Youth Resilience and Culture: Commonalities and Complexities’ make it an essential read for resilience-focused scholars, students, academics, and researchers, as well as policy makers, practitioners, and humanitarian workers engaged with high-risk populations.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Linda C. Theron
    • 1
  • Linda Liebenberg
    • 2
  • Michael Ungar
    • 3
  1. 1.Optentia Research Focus AreaNorth-West UniversityVanderbijlparkSouth Africa
  2. 2.Resilience Research CentreDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada
  3. 3.Resilience Research CentreDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-9414-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-9415-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2210-5417
  • Series Online ISSN 2210-5425
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