9    Social ecological resilience and human security

Katrina Brown

Introduction: what is resilience?

This chapter discusses how resilience concepts are used in contemporary discussions of global change. It explores the areas of overlap, contradiction and tension, and highlights how resilience ideas might inform and enrich human security understandings and analyses. The discussion starts by introducing the term and its origins, and current usage.

Resilience is a term which is widely used in common parlance and which is associated with a number of fields of (social and natural) science. The Oxford English Dictionary definition of resilience is: 1) the ability to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed; 2) ...

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