Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Sociology


Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Anne Cafer

Second Advisor

John J. Green

Third Advisor

Jeffrey Jackson

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Understood generally, community resilience is the ability of communities to adapt, absorb, mitigate, and recover from shocks and stressors in such a way that facilitates positive future outcomes and reduces overall vulnerability to future shocks and stressors (Adger, 2000; Norris, Stevens, Pfefferbaum, Wyche & Pfefferbaum, 2008; USAID, 2013; Walker et al., 2004). The core of this definition relates to sustainability and the capability of socio-ecological systems and communities to adapt and transform to both day to day fluctuations and stressors as well as major disasters (Milman & Short, 2008; Walker et al., 2004). This meta-study seeks to shed light on how the large body of international development literature addresses, measures, and operationalizes community resilience. This analysis uses two resilience frameworks to understand and codify dominant themes in community resilience to assess whether the international development literature is holistically studying community resilience: touching upon nutrition, food security, economic security, and ecological sustainability.

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