Resilience in Ecosystemic Context: Evolution of the Concept


School of Social Work, College of Public Programs, Arizona State University, P.O. Box 871802, Tempe AZ 85286-1802


The evolution of the resilience literature across diverse social science disciplines over the past two decades is reviewed and a synthesis of recent findings is offered, suggesting that resilience is a multidetermined and ever-changing product of interacting forces within a given ecosystemic context. Emerging constructions of the concept are examined, and a refined working definition is proposed. Implications for research and practice are offered.