Building liberal resilience? A critical review from developing rural Asia

Rigg, Jonathan and Oven, Katie (2015) Building liberal resilience? A critical review from developing rural Asia. Global Environmental Change, 32. pp. 175-186. ISSN 0959-3780

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‘Resilience’ is the catchword of the moment. For many of the mainstream institutions of international development, building resilience is embedded in a wider commitment to market liberalism. Taking three entry points, the sectoral, spatial and socio-governmental, this paper critically explores the connections, interdependencies and tensions between social resilience and the market imperative. The paper argues that ‘liberal resilience’ plays into a growth-development-resilience ‘trap’ wherein economic growth has become a de facto synonym for development and, often, development a synonym for resilience. Drawing on empirical cases from across rural Asia we highlight the incongruities and inconsistencies in this line of logic. The paper suggests that there is a need to critically judge the market mechanism and the complex and sometimes contradictory ways in which the processes that have been set in train by market integration impinge on resilience.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Development, Liberal resilience, Rural Asia, The market imperative, Vulnerability
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2019 17:33
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 22:17

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