Category: Sociological Dimension

Are cities fragile or vulnerable?

The question can surprise but it is not just semantics. The difference between fragility and vulnerability has been thoroughly discussed and it goes without saying that this post doesn’t aim to cover the diversity of fields where both concepts apply. But seen from the point of view of the urban citizen, it is worth to […]

Should Urban Resilience reject Finance?

In a sense, the ever growing number of urban resilience definitions is symptomatic of a conceptual drift that goes beyond expert sensitivities. Established centralized institutions are (too) often opposed to local initiatives on the ground of their supposed incompetence in appraising the human dimension of urban resilience. The historical background can be understood. The western […]

How resilient is a community?

J. Leroy & Al. in an article published on the Katrina floods of New Orleans, explain how social links and community culture helped the Vietnamese community to come back to a state of balance much quicker than the Afro-American living in the same neighborhood (1). The difference in the way two communities react on the […]

Vulnerable or resilient ?

Using images to underline the problematics linking people, their daily lives, their culture, their expectations and their urban environment, is a huge temptation to move from urban resilience to pure sociological and philosophical concerns. The task is not easy. The border between the three fields is volatile. The alterity of Levinas is never far nor […]

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