Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Environmental Communication

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Publication Date

2016

Publisher location

Abington, UK

First Page

104

Last Page

121

Issue Number

1

Volume Number

10

Abstract/ Summary

Resilience as a frame is increasingly appearing in grant funding, news stories, academic journals, and organization missions. Across these sites, resilience is positioned as an ability to cope, characterized by bouncing back, regaining control, and reducing vulnerability to change. How did resilience come to be understood in these terms? What are the problems with resilience’s frames and the practices that produce them? How might we become resilient differently? Using a Foucaultian archaeology, I examine sites and practices that produce resilience as discourse. I analyze resilience’s origins in biophysical sciences, systems perspectives that define ways of knowing, visual models that constrain the emergence of new ideas, and persistent dialectics that narrowly order relationships within the world. I propose changes in the discourse for more affective and ecological modes of becoming resilient.

Citation/Publisher Attribution

McGreavy, B. 2016. Resilience as discourse. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 104-121. 10.1080/17524032.2015.1014390

Publisher Statement

© 2016 Informa Group plc

DOI

DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2015.1014390

Version

post-print (i.e. final draft post-refereeing with all author corrections and edits)

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