Everyday resilience : narratives of single refugee women with children
This article offers a critical exploration of the concept of resilience, which is largely conceptualized in the literature as an extraordinary atypical personal ability to revert or ‘bounce back’ to a point of equilibrium despite significant adversity. While resilience has been explored in a range of contexts, there is little recognition of resilience as a social process arising from mundane practices of everyday life and situated in person -environment interactions. Based on an ethnographic study among single refugee women with children in Brisbane, Australia, the women’s stories on navigating everyday tensions and opportunities revealed how resilience was a process operating inter-subjectively in the social spaces connecting them to their environment. Far beyond the simplistic binaries of resilience versus non-resilient, we concern ourselves here with the everyday processual, person environment nature of the concept. We argue that more attention should be paid to day-to-day pathways through which resilience outcomes are achieved, and that this has important implications for refugee mental health practice frameworks.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||ethnography , refugee mental health, person-environment, everyday life, resilience, single refugee women|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 by SAGE Publications|
|Deposited On:||09 Aug 2012 08:41|
|Last Modified:||25 Sep 2013 13:19|
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