We live in a time where environmental pressures, social inequities and political derision are the backdrop of everyday life, and where resilience has become a routine prescription for coping with the conditions of modern existence. Drawing an analogy to Harvey Molotch’s urban growth machine, this book explores different narratives of resilience and their policy and practice manifestations for cities, citizens and communities. It expands on the metaphor of the machine to show how resilience can be better understood as an assemblage.
Bringing together authors from multiple disciplines and different parts of the world, the book unmasks the often invisible effects of resilience strategies by examining ways in which neoliberal mentalities are fed through the rhetoric of resilience practices, policies and development projects. The contributing essays provide provocative accounts of several areas of inquiry, including biopolitics and smart bodies, resilient cities and communities, urban planning and disaster management, justice and vulnerability, and resistance to resilience. Holding out hope for critical potentials in ‘resilience,’ The Resilience Machine proposes to move beyond mechanisms of adaptation and into imagining what resilient life could look like in a more just, equitable and democratic world.
The Resilience Machine is a current, vital addition to resilience, community and urban scholarship.
"A brilliant, empirically rich and theoretically inventive collection, which opens up new perspectives on resilience as a way of governing life itself. Organised around a novel conceptualisation of resilience as a 'machine,' the collection offers a politically incisive examination of the strategies, motivations, and logics that surround different enactments of resilience." -Ben Anderson, Professor of Human Geography, Durham University, UK
"The Resilience Machine provides a unique, timely and indispensable critique of resilience narratives, policies and practices and how these have been shaped by dominant political and economic systems. While providing a much-needed critique of resilience practices which further promote neoliberal priorities, this book and its contributors also demonstrate how critical resilience thinking has the potential to produce desirable socio-spatial and environmental outcomes, providing a potential pathway for transformative and positive change. Bohland, Davoudi and Lawrence have assembled a volume that will have wide multidisciplinary appeal for students and researchers with interests in urban studies, disaster management, planning, community development and sustainability." - Mark Scott, Professor of Planning, University College Dublin, Ireland
Chapter 1. Anatomy of the Resilience Machine
Simin Davoudi, Jennifer Lawrence and Jim Bohland
Chapter 2. Securing the Imagination: The Politics of the Resilient Self
Chapter 3. Designing ‘Smart’ Bodies: Molecular Manipulation as a Resilience-Building Strategy
Rebecca J. Hester
Chapter 4. Organising Community Resilience
Chris Zebrowski and Daniel Sage
Chapter 5. Rejecting and Recreating Resilience After Disaster
Chapter 6. The Resonance and Possibilities of Community Resilience
Lauren Rickards, Martin Mulligan and Wendy Steele
Chapter 7. Adaptation Machines, or the Biopolitics of Adaptation
Kevin Grove and Jonathan Pugh
Chapter 8. The Resilient City: Where Do We Go from Here?
Chapter 9. Towards a Critical Political Geography of Resilience Machines in Urban Planning
Chapter 10. Resilience and Justice: Planning for New York City
Susan S. Fainstein
Chapter 11. Seeking the Good (Enough) City
Chapter 12. Dismantling the Resilience Machine as a Restoration Engine
Timothy W. Luke