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Narrating Resilience

Title: Narrating Resilience: Transforming Urban Systems Through Collaborative Storytelling.
Name(s): Goldstein, Bruce Evan, 1963-, author
Wessells, Anne, author
Lejano, Raul P., 1961-, author
Butler, William, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2014
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: How can communities enhance social-ecological resilience within complex urban systems, and what role can planners play? Drawing on a new urbanist proposal in Orange County, CA, we suggest that a resilience planning strategy that ignores diverse ways of knowing can undermine the experience and shared meaning of those living in a city. We then offer two cases to suggest that resilience narratives can help bridge knowledge practices while binding people together within a partially shared understanding of the social and natural world, allowing for a diversity of perspectives on possible ways forward. These cases examine an informal social network that reintegrates the Los Angeles River into the life of the city, as well as the U.S. Fire Learning Network, which aims to address the root causes of the nation's wildfire crisis. In both cases, participants tie their diverse experiences into a coherent logical or temporal thread that allows them to identify their place in an alternative future and a pathway for getting there, moving beyond the goal of persistence that characterizes urban sustainability thinking. This emplotment fosters critical learning and encourages creative self-organization, facilitating coordination across sites without imposing one particular set of views and interests on everyone. We suggest that narratives are a way to express the subjective and symbolic meaning of resilience, enhancing our ability to engage multiple voices and enable self-organizing processes in order to decide what should be made resilient and for whose benefit.
Identifier: FSU_migr_durp_faculty_publications-0020 (IID)
Note: This is the "accepted" version of the manuscript following peer review but prior to final editing and formatting.
Citation: Goldstein, B. E., Wessells, A. T., Lejano, R. P., & Butler, W. H. (Forthcoming, 2014). Narrating Resilience: Transforming Cities through Collaborative Storytelling. Urban Studies.
Subject(s): Social sciences
Cities and towns -- Study and teaching
City planning
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Department of Urban and Regional Planning Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Urban Studies.

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Goldstein, B. E., Wessells, A., Lejano, R. P., & Butler, W. (2014). Narrating Resilience: Transforming Urban Systems Through Collaborative Storytelling. Urban Studies. Retrieved from