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Patterns of resilience during socioeconomic crises among households in Europe

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Project Start

November 2012

End of Project

March 2019


Since 2008, Europe has been shaken by an ongoing crisis. If relevant parts of populations are exposed to socioeconomic
risks, it is a distinctive characteristic of European political ethics that they must not be left alone, but should be subject to
support and solidarity by budget support policy, economic development policies and social policy at different levels. But,
in analogy with medical and psychological findings, some parts of the vulnerable population, although experiencing the

same living conditions as others, are developing resilience, which in our context means that they perform social, economic
and cultural practices and habits which protect them from suffer and harm and support sustainable patterns of coping and
adaption. This resilience to socioeconomic crises at household levels is the focus of the proposed project. It can consist
of identity patterns, knowledge, family or community relations, cultural and social as well as economic practices, be they
formal or informal. Welfare states, labour markets and economic policies at both macro or meso level form the context or
‘environment’ of those resilience patterns. For reasons of coping with the crisis without leaving the common ground of the
implicit European social model (or the unwritten confession to the welfare state) under extremely bad monetary conditions in
many countries, and for reasons of maintaining quality of life and improving social policy, it is a highly interesting perspective
to learn from emergent processes of resilience development and their preconditions. Thus, the main questions are directed
at understanding patterns and dimensions of resilience at micro-/household level in different types of European member
and neighbour states accounting for regional varieties, relevant internal and external conditions and resources as well as
influences on these patterns by social, economic or labour market policy as well as legal regulations.