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Neighborhood Resilience and Urban Conflict
The Four Loops Model

ISBN 9781032060842
Published October 22, 2021 by Routledge
190 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the resilience in urban neighborhoods affected by chronic conflict and violence, developing a new model for improving resilience policies.

The neighborhood resilience approach is an inclusive form of building positive resilience, which recognizes that local communities possess valuable skills and experience of dealing with crises, and prioritizes the agency of local communities in the production of knowledge and developing practices. The book identifies and describes the repertoire of neighborhood resilience practices organized in four clusters: (1) addressing the structure of conflict; (2) increasing the effectiveness of external resources; (3) enhancing the community capacities; and (4) reflecting the dynamics of identity and power in neighborhoods. One of the key findings of the book is the nonlinear connections between structure and dynamics of conflict and neighborhood resilience practices represented in the Four Loops Model. The concentration on community-based practices addresses macro-level critiques of neo-liberalism in critical resilience studies and encourages rethinking the ways community-based indicators might operate in combination with existing macro indicators of resilience. The bottom-up indicators provide more specific details and essential localized experiences for improving resilience policies at the national level.

This book will be of much interest to students of conflict resolution, resilience, urban studies, and US politics.

Table of Contents


1. Resilience in neighborhoods facing persistent conflict

2. Structure of conflict in disadvantaged neighborhoods

3. External resources of neighborhood resilience

4. The dynamics of identity and power in neighborhoods

5. Community capacities of neighborhood resilience

6. The practices of resilience

7. Four Loops Model of Resilience

Conclusion and practical recommendations

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Karina V. Korostelina is Professor and Director of the Peace Lab on Reconciling Conflict and Intergroup Divisions at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University, USA.


'Karina Korostelina's research on the resilience of Washington, D.C.'s segregated communities is a significant contribution to the peacebuilding community's increasing and important focus on the "local-local" -- what local front-line communities and their leaders do to end and prevent violence. Korostelina's systems framework for understanding and assessing community resilience capacity and activities is straightforward and convincing, and, in its application, not only gives voice to community leaders, it gives them authority in the management and prevention of violence.'-- Dr. Lauren Van Metre, Senior Advisor, Peace and Security, The National Democratic Institute, USA