ZEBROWSKI, C.R., 2013. The nature of resilience. Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses, 1 (3), pp.159-173.
The advent of resilience strategies in the field of emergency planning and response has been premised on a profound re-evaluation of the referents of security governance. Together, the discovery of the ‘myth’ of panic and the natural resilience of populations has encouraged the spread of resilience strategies which aim to promote the adaptive and self-organisational capacities of populations in emergency. This article seeks to advance an alternative to this positivist explanation: that the appearance of ‘resilient populations’ is the correlate of a broader restructuring of rationalities and practices comprising liberal governance. Tracing the evolution of the figure of the ‘natural’ underpinning liberal governmentalities through the historical development of ecology and economics, this article looks to make explicit the epistemological order supportive of neoliberal governance. In doing so, this article identifies the historical conditions of possibility
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses on 02 Jul 2013, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/21693293.2013.804672