Der Resilienzdiskurs: Eine Foucault’sche Diskursanalyse
Using Foucault’s toolbox for discourse analysis and key texts from both academic research and the general media, this study asks what has led the term “resilience” to become popular so far beyond its original context. To answer this question, the article first examines definitions from ecology, psychology, geography, and other scientifically oriented disciplines and their implications. The study then proceeds to show how the term is used in management research, corporate communications and mass media. The results are twofold: on the one hand, science as a whole benefits from the resilience perspective since research is required for the threats, strengths, and weaknesses of social systems to be known. On the other hand, resilience fits in with the discourse of individualism and personal responsibility driven by political and economic players. This is made possible because the differentiations of academic discourse disappear within the arena of the general public.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2017
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