Social resilience and capacity building

A case study of a granting agency

Authored by: Laura Tate

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Resilience

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138583597
eBook ISBN: 9780429506666
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Planning scholars increasingly value the social dimension of resilience (social resilience). A case study involving a collaborative granting project in British Columbia, Canada sheds light on some of the microprocesses involved in social resilience. It does so using an Actor Network Theory (ANT) lens. The case study results suggest a need to build greater awareness of the impact of distributed agency on resilience-focused projects and programs, along with the continuous networked efforts needed to build social cohesion. The case study also calls for more scholarship on how performativity can enhance agreement, cohesion, and resilience.

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