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Abeling, Thomas; Huq, Nazmul; Chang‐Seng, Denis; Birkmann, Jörn; Wolfertz, Jan; Renaud, Fabrice and Garschagen, Matthias ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9492-4463 (2019): Understanding Disaster Resilience. The emBRACE Approach. In: Deeming, Hugh; Fordham, Maureen; Kuhlicke, Christian; Pedoth, Lydia; Schneiderbauer, Stefan and Shreve, Cheney (eds.) : Framing Community Disaster Resilience: Resources, Capacities, Learning, and Action. First edition. Hoboken, NJ ; Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 9-25

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This chapter discusses literature that justifies the emBRACE approach to community disaster resilience. It reviews literature from different disciplines associated with the concept of resilience that informed the emBRACE project. The chapter provides an overview about concepts, methods, and indicators that paved the way towards the conceptual development of the emBRACE framework on community resilience. It highlights studies that present conceptual frameworks, theories and heuristics of resilience, and methodology as well as indicator‐based approaches for measuring resilience. The chapter highlights the gaps and challenges of selected resilience literature that provide grounds for the emBRACE framework of resilience. Transformation is put forward as a concept that could help to highlight issues of power and politics in resilience thinking. The concept of resourcefulness is presented as an alternative to resilience. It is about the capacity to build resources at the community level, and the need for communities to maintain networks and relationships beyond their specific geographical space.

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