What is Community Resilience and Does it Matter?


Health difficulties correlate with social inequality, which has been increasing in recent years. The importance of resilience in communities is therefore ever more pertinent. This article considers and critiques our understanding of community resilience, social capital, social support, social action, sense of community, empowerment and participation, and the survival of community organisations. Implications for practice are made.


Water, H. C., and Davidson, S. (2015). 'What is Community Resilience and Does it Matter?', The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 15 (3), pp. 150-163.