December 3, 2019

Book presentation: “Resistance-asymmetry of macro discourse and micro processes”

Book presentation: “Resistance-asymmetry of macro discourse and micro processes”

Authors: Olivera Pavicevic, Institute for Criminological and Sociological Research,
Aleksandra Bulatović, Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory and
Ljeposava Ilijic, Institute for Criminological and Sociological Research

Resilience is a fundamental human function that, by adapting to adverse, stressful and risky circumstances as an existing or learned skill, enables a positive outcome to function despite difficulties. The concept of resilience, defined in this way, is considered as an element of public policy structure (macro-discourse) ― resilience is determined by normative and value aspects that determine for whom resilience is good, what defends it and what are acceptable ways to achieve and develop it. Resilience can also be seen as a micro-processes, at the level of local communities, as local practice, local capacity and spontaneous self-organization, while respecting a high degree of local autonomy. The difference between these two levels of resilience (macro and micro levels) is sometimes contrasted by two elements of resistance, namely, the requirement for adaptation and the requirement for transformation. Resilience as a phenomenon studied by penology reveals itself via comparing the concept of resilience with the concept of desistance of crime, which justifies focusing the mechanisms that enable these two processes. This is of particular importance with regard to the practical implications of working with vulnerable categories of population because these concepts imply that the individual is an active subject, the bearer of the process of building and strengthening his or her own positive capacities, despite what he or she is suffering, and is focused on identifying strength rather than risk or deficit.

The aim of this book on resilience is to open up space for interpreting resilience in the context of social capital building, by considering dominant normative and value settings, different starting perspectives about who are the bearers of resilience, what their position is in the social structure, and how resilience is interpreted.

Olivera Pavicevic is Research Fellow at the Institute for Sociological and Criminological Research in Belgrade. She is a researcher in the fields of sociology of culture and cultural criminology, and, currently, her research interest is placed on resilience as concept in the social sciences.

Aleksandra Bulatovic is Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade. Her research interest is focused on unconventional security threats and ways to confront it in the framework of modern democratic society and the international system. She has particular interest in identifying and broadly discussing the main determinants of human flourishing and its dynamics, including the implications of a broader conception of human flourishing such as: rights and duties, favoring a particular type of education, critical thinking and limiting the state interventions, the relationship between social and individual well-being, combating crime and optimizing human behavior.

Ljeposava Ilijić is Research Fellow at the Institute for Criminological and Sociological Research. Her research fields criminology and sociology. The primary focus of her research is on the issues related to imprisonment, treatment and re-socialization of convicted persons, which now extends to a consideration of the concept of crime desistance and the impact that social and environmental factors have on the behavior of inmates.

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