The Resilience Discourse: How a Concept from Ecology Could Overcome the Boundaries Between Academic Disciplines and Society

  • Michael MeyenEmail author
  • Janina Schier


The notion of resilience has become a ‘buzzword’ with the potential to replace the concept of sustainability and to connect researchers of the natural and social sciences (Walker 2013). What are the reasons for this triumphal success and which consequences come with its usage? How did this term succeed in leaving the ivory tower (see Zolli and Healy 2013) and at the same time conquer not only bestseller lists in the literature (see exemplary Berndt 2013 a, b; Rodin 2015) but also mass media? What does this success mean for the concept of resilience itself and for the description of society and its perception? To answer these questions, this chapter examines the resilience discourse in science, corporate communication and mass media.


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  1. 1.Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMünchenGermany

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