"Resilience offers an advanced introduction to the conceptual and theoretical tools necessary to engage with political and ethical questions about how we can and should live together in an increasingly interconnected and unpredictable world. It provides students with a detailed review of how the concept emerged from a small corner of ecology to critically challenge conventional environmental management practices, and radicalize how we can think about and manage social and ecological change, and brings together research from geography, anthropology, sociology, international relations, and philosophy"--
Introduction / Richard Butler -- The development of resilience thinking / Marta Berbés-Blázquez and Daniel Scott -- Community tourism resilience : some applications of the scale, change and resiliene (SCR) model / Alan A. Lew, Tsung-chiung Wu, Chin-cheng Ni, Pin T. Ng -- Socio-ecological balance in community based tourism experiences : a resarch proposal / Esteban Ruiz-Ballesteros -- Resilience and destination governance / Valerie A. Sheppard -- Resilience and destination governance : Whistler, B.C. / Valerie A. Sheppard -- Sri Lankan tourism development and implications for resilience / Jeremy Buultjens, Iraj Ratnayake, Athula Chammika Gnanapala -- Resilience, tourism and disasters / Susanne Becken and Bijan Khazai -- Resilience and perceptions of problems in alpine regions / Bruno Abegg, Robert Steiger and Lisa Trawöger -- Tourism resilience in UK national parks / Janet Cochrane -- Resilience and protected area tourism in Purnululu National Park : understanding interactions with a focus on community benefits / Jennifer Strickland-Munro -- Resilience and tourism in islands : insights from the Caribbean / Arjen Alberts and Godfrey Baldacchino -- Resilience and tourism in remote locations : Pitcairn Islands / Maria Amoamo -- Issues of resilience, sustainability and responsibility in tourism / Harold Goodwin -- Betting on casino tourism resilience : a case study of casino expansion in Macao and the Asia region / Glenn McCartney -- Resilience as new political reality / Jonathan Pugh -- Conclusions / Richard Butler
This commentary provides an overview of the idea of resilience, and acknowledges the challenges of defining and applying the idea in practice. The article summarizes a way of looking at resilience called a "resilience delta", that takes into account both the shock done to a community by a disaster and the capacity of that community to rebound from that shock to return to its prior functionality. I show how different features of the community can create resilience, and consider how the developed and developing world addresses resilience. I also consider the role of focusing events in gaining attention to events and promoting change. I note that, while focusing events are considered by many in the disaster studies field to be major drivers of policy change in the United States disaster policy, most disasters have little effect on the overall doctrine of shared responsibilities between the national and subnational governments.
A great deal has been written about the role of resilience in world politics in recent years. But where does resilience come from? From which discipline was it "imported" into world politics? A particular genealogical analysis of resilience is structuring much of the literature: resilience was born in system ecology in the 1970s. On the basis of this particular genealogy, many critical theorists argue that resilience is a form of reasoning that participates in a neoliberal rationality of governance. For them, resilience is a by-product of a neoliberal mode of governance; seen in this light, resilience is lamentable. In this article, I propose a different, more extensive genealogy of resilience. I argue that before we can conduct an analysis of the application of resilience in world politics, we must understand the diverse paths through which resilience has percolated into international politics. By tracing the diverse expressions of resilience in world politics to various markers within the history of resilience, this article contends that this is an opportune moment to move scattered scholarships on resilience a step further and better theorize the relationship between resilience and world politics.