1st Edition

Promoting Resilience Responding to Adversity, Vulnerability, and Loss

Edited By Neil Thompson, Gerry R. Cox Copyright 2020
    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    Promoting Resilience offers a fresh perspective that views resilience through a sociological lens, emphasizing the significance of loss issues and highlighting a range of practice implications across a wide range of fields.

    Drawing on the expertise of a wide range of contributors, the book provides a solid foundation for developing a fuller and more holistic picture of the many challenges associated with promoting resilience. Chapters present a range of sociological perspectives that cast light on trauma and vulnerability. Combining theoretical richness with practical insights, chapter authors bring a sociological lens to enrich understanding of loss and adversity.

    This volume offers a bedrock of understanding for students, clinicians, and researchers who want to extend and deepen their knowledge of the sociological aspects of overcoming life challenges.

    Part One: Understanding Resilience


    1. Making Sense of Resilience

    Gerry R. Cox and Neil Thompson

    Part Two: Developing Resilience


    2. Resilience in American Indian Communities

    Gerry R. Cox

    3. "Yma O Hyd": Language and Resilience

    Neil Thompson

    4. Community Resilience: Reflections on a Community Response to Tragedy

    Ros Scott

    5. Tragedy and Injustice

    Michael Brennan

    6. Living with Terrorism

    Andy Hau Yan Ho and Geraldine Tan-Ho

    7. Violent Crime and Resilience

    Gerry R. Cox

    8. Mental Health Problems: Getting to the HEART of Resilience

    Neil Thompson

    9. Alcohol and Drugs: Resilience in Use and Users

    Wulf Livingston

    10. The Spirit of Resilience through the Prism of Homelessness: Avoiding Stigma and Labelization

    Gerry Skelton

    11. Resilience and Poverty

    Signe Dobelniece

    12. Resilience in the Alice Springs Town Camps

    Shirleen Campbell, Maree Corbo and Ronnie Egan

    13. "It Takes a Lot of Energy": Surviving Sexism

    Tashel C. Bordere, Elizabeth A. Sharp, and Celeste Medina

    14. Family Resilience in Dealing with Grief and Loss: A Sociological Perspective

    Paul C. Rosenblatt

    15. Building a Narrative of Resilience for Refugees

    Christopher Cox

    16. Resilience and Older People

    Denise Tanner

    17. Recovering from Childhood Trauma

    Vivienne Dacre

    18. Care Leavers and Resilience

    Lorna Stabler

    19. The Role of the School

    Robert G. Stevenson

    20. Building Resilience in Organizations: A Challenge for Leaders: What Happens if Leaders Get Sick?

    Rozana Huq

    21. Resilience at Work

    Neil Thompson

    22. Promoting Resilience, Challenging Bullying

    Andrew Vitale

    23. Resilience and Spirituality: A personal Perspective

    Bernard Moss

    24. Resilience through Meaning Making

    Neil Thompson

    25. Resilience and Continuing Bonds

    Charles A. Corr and Kenneth J. Doka

    26. The Dual Process Model and Resilience

    Amy Y. M. Chow

    27. The Role of Pastoral Care

    Bernard Moss

    28. Promoting Resilience in Social Work – From the "Comfort of Strangers" to Community Empowerment and the "Management of Risk"

    Paul Stepney

    29. An Exhibition on Resilience for a Time of Grief

    Wendy Bowler

    30. Compassion and Resilience

    Darcy Harris


    Neil Thompson, PhD, DLitt, is an independent writer, educator, and adviser based in Wales (UK).

    Gerry R. Cox, PhD, is a professor emeritus of sociology/archaeology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, director of the Center for Death Education and Bioethics, and a member of the board of directors of the National Prison Hospice Association (USA).

    "In Promoting Resilience Thompson and Cox offer insight into a wide range of contexts in which resilience is relevant. They uniquely apply both a sociological perspective and a practice focus to the study of resilience and in so doing significantly deepen understanding of this complex topic."Susan E. Wright, PhD, professor emerita of sociology, Drake University, USA

    "Promoting Resilience fulfills the lofty objective of its title, bringing together a truly global team to prepare essays that draw upon each other's work. We learn practical ways to be more resilient and to help those in our communities and social networks to thrive the crises that come with life. The contributors draw upon examples from the everyday workplace to locales ranging from a schoolyard in Scotland to the Outback in Australia. The reader is left with insight into the role of community and social capital in overcoming adversity, vulnerability, loss, and grief."Richard T. Schaefer, Department of Sociology, DePaul University, USA

    "Thompson and Cox have assembled a team of scholars that have collectively applied the concept of resilience in concise and thought-provoking ways to a range of situations that produce ontological insecurity. In so doing, they have succeeded in addressing the challenge posed by Joel Best in his foreword, which is to prove the value of this relatively new concept."Peter Kivisto, Augustana College, USA

    "Promoting Resilience makes an important contribution to the literature on bereavement, loss, death and dying and is a valuable addition to the field of mental health more generally. It will engage students, practitioners, professionals, as well as scholars and anyone else interested in how we as humans confront and survive adversity. The book’s main point, presented in an excellent and thorough introductory chapter, is to challenge the common understanding of resilience as an individual trait or achievement. In contrast, the book re-positions resilience as a complex, multi-dimensional, socially constructed product of communities, families, institutions, and cultures, plus myriad care professionals and informal helpers. Throughout the book’s 30 chapters, a range of contributors elaborate on this perspective with sociological theory and compelling examples from some of the most troubling societal problems and crises of our time. Seeing resilience as a social-cultural phenomenon adds a significant dimension to the discussion of how we respond to tragedy and adversity and helps point the way forward toward better preparation and outcomes. As such, this book is a fresh and welcome addition to the literature."Mary Zimmerman, professor of health policy and sociology, University of Kansas, USA