Resilience as Entanglement of Action and Matter

Morgan-Thomas, A. and Dudau, A. (2018) Resilience as Entanglement of Action and Matter. LAEMOS Conference 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 22-24 Mar 2018. (Unpublished)

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How may we reconceptualize resilience taking the practice lens and what may such lens add to the current scholarship on resilience? In this paper, we take a socio-material approach to resilience and argue that resilience is co-constituted in practice. Specifically, we argue that the dominant approaches to resilience as psychological phenomenon (Luthans, 2002 & 2006) and the ongoing emphasis on psychological capital (Avey et al. 2009; Luthans et al. 2007, 2008, 2010; Youssef and Luthans, 2007) though useful in detecting differences in resilience between individuals are not particularly helpful in explaining how resilience comes about and what may we do to mobilize it (Linnenluecke, 2017). To better understand resilience, we argue, it may be helpful to approach it from a practice perspective (Dall’alba & Sandberg, 2014; Nicolini 2013; Sandberg & Tsoukas, 2011; Schatzki, 1996; 2002; 2010, 2012, 2015; Reckwitz, 2002; 2012) where resilience is practice that comes about through manifolds of individual actions in contexts (Schatzkki, 2002). To say that resilience is practice is to acknowledge its importance as a set of skills, abilities and capacities that inform and help execute actions and recognize it as an aspect of teleo-affective structure of practice which consists of a set of ends, projects, tasks, beliefs and emotions that are expressed in doings and sayings that compose the practice (Morgan-Thomas, 2017; Schatzki, 2002).

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Morgan-Thomas, Professor Anna and Dudau, Professor Adina
Authors: Morgan-Thomas, A., and Dudau, A.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
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