1st Edition

Neighborhood Resilience and Urban Conflict
The Four Loops Model

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ISBN 9781032060842
October 22, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
192 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

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

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 effectiveness of external resources; (3) enhancing community capacities; and (4) reflecting dynamics of identity and power in neighborhoods. One of the key findings of the book is that nonlinear connections between structure and dynamics of conflict and neighborhood resilience practices can be represented in the Four-Loop 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 a Professor and Director of the Peace Lab on Reconciling Divided Societies and Memories at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University, USA.