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Building liberal resilience? A critical review from developing rural Asia.

Rigg, J. and Oven, K. (2015) 'Building liberal resilience? A critical review from developing rural Asia.', Global environmental change., 32 . pp. 175-186.


‘Resilience’ is the catchword of the moment. For many of the mainstream institutions of international development, building resilience is embedded in a wider commitment to market liberalism. Taking three entry points, the sectoral, spatial and socio-governmental, this paper critically explores the connections, interdependencies and tensions between social resilience and the market imperative. The paper argues that ‘liberal resilience’ plays into a growth-development-resilience ‘trap’ wherein economic growth has become a de facto synonym for development and, often, development a synonym for resilience. Drawing on empirical cases from across rural Asia we highlight the incongruities and inconsistencies in this line of logic. The paper suggests that there is a need to critically judge the market mechanism and the complex and sometimes contradictory ways in which the processes that have been set in train by market integration impinge on resilience.

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Date accepted:19 March 2015
Date deposited:23 November 2016
Date of first online publication:23 April 2015
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