This chapter draws on a range of research relating to the relationship between economic resources, group mobilization and civil war. Economic aspects of resilience varied across Baghdad neighborhoods, contributing to the overall resilience or vulnerability of particular places to extremist violence. This chapter discusses socioeconomic status (SES) as a composite of education, occupation, and income. While the links between poverty and community resilience are obscure, high SES may have positive effect on people’s capacity to act in innovative ways, on ability to access and attract resources, and on individual resilience to sectarian recruitment.
KeywordsEconomic resources Economic development SES Resilience Vulnerability Civil war Poverty Social class Access to resources Well-being Human development Freedom Psychological changes Psychosocial vulnerability De’Baathification Protection narrative Rule of relative advantage Tribal networks Trade networks Criminal networks
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