chapter  9
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Resilience and events

This chapter discusses the connections between resilience and events management/event studies as well as its place within critical approaches to the study of events. It starts by showing how the concept of resilience has been increasingly used within the social sciences. Within the social sciences, resilience can be understood as the process by which individuals and groups adapt to adverse conditions that impact on them personally or collectively. The chapter develops an understanding of how resilience has migrated from its original domain of material and life sciences to areas that are more closely associated with the social sciences. Central to this discussion has been the idea that, as concept, resilience is closely connected to responses to and mitigation of crisis. What is significant for critical event studies (CES) is to understand how resilient resistance is being articulated by the event as it is studied its variety, the discourse it is exposing and the acts of realignment that occur as result.