chapter  5
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The Americanization of Resilience: Deconstructing Research Practice: Leo C. Rigsby

This chapter critically examines the concept of resilience (Masten, chapter 1, this volume) with the aim of laying out some assumptions underlying the concept and the processes and conditions that are assumed to give rise to resilience. First, the concept is placed in the broader cultural context of the emphasis on individualism and mobility striving that has characterized U.S. society. Next the origins and uses of the term in social science and public policy are examined. A number of cautions are drawn for research and policy from this discussion. The final section of the chapter discusses some specific directions for theory development and research on resilience processes.