Contextualizing Resiliency: Howard A. Liddle
Concepts have a life all their own. Sometimes they appear and then suddenly depart, like fashion trends. These early exits are not necessarily premature, at least when the ideas were insubstantial to begin with. With this in mind, consider our current fascination with the notion of resilience. Does resilience qualify as an organizing concept with sufficient logical and emotional resonance to yield systematic theoretical and research inquiry that will make it a lasting contribution? Clearly, it is too early to form a conclusive opinion on this question. This chapter examines the potential "resiliency of resilience" with the basic premise that the continued revision or extension of resilience as a concept is in order. This chapter offers areas in which this can be accomplished.