What Is Resilience and How Does It Relate to the Refugee Experience? Historical and Theoretical Perspectives

  • Wade E. PickrenEmail author
Part of the International Perspectives on Migration book series (IPMI, volume 7)


In this chapter, the historical and theoretical foundations of the construct of resilience in North American social sciences are examined. Although the contemporary use of the term did not emerge until the 1960s, there is a longer tradition of theorizing on topics that are conceptually related to resilience. In the 1980s, research that shaped our contemporary understanding of resilience was conducted. Developmental scientists from various disciplines now dominate the field, resulting in a major focus on children and youth while leaving a noticeable gap in understanding resilience in adulthood. Implications for understanding refugee resiliency are discussed.


History of resilience concept Culture and resilience Resilience over time Resilience and societal norms 


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