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Promoting Resilience
Responding to Adversity, Vulnerability, and Loss

ISBN 9780367145620
Published November 22, 2019 by Routledge
250 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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