ABSTRACT

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book explores with some considerations of whether and how it possible to move beyond resilience. It highlights how complex life was initially conceived as a limit in neoliberal understandings and then analyse how resilience works as a governing rationality in both policy-making and academic theorising. The book discusses the political genealogy of resilience-thinking, the market and the state are considered to be limits to the power of complex social, relational life, reducing the complexity and creativity of life to suit the narrow and reductionist needs of either the market or of government. The neoliberal govern mentality sought to govern complexity through the top down, seeking to intervene in interactive social processes to adjust or transform them from the position of the knowing liberal subject, able to balance the levers of the market and the state in order to direct and set goals.