Call for papers
What is the role of civil society organizations in rendering communities more or less resilient? We define civil society broadly as formal organizations in the nonprofit and non-governmental sector, political movements, transnational networks, and grassroots associations.
The purpose of this sub-theme is to discuss how community resilience operates in times of crisis, with a particular focus on contexts of dispossession and transnational expulsion. Recent ruptures have illustrated the importance of multiple, interrelated levels of governance and civil society activity on the local, supra-regional, and international level. As such, the overarching questions of the sub-theme are:
How does the social infrastructure of local communities interact with refugee protection, environmental shocks, public health epidemics, political turmoil and other crises of community vitality?
What are the means of resisting and reimagining solidarity in what Sassen called neoliberal wastelands?
How can the management of organizational learning, strategic ambidexterity, and improvisation facilitate robustness in the face of external jolts, such as during the recent economic crisis?
How does the contestation of borderlands in Western geopolitical contexts (e.g., the European Union, the USA, Australia) shape—and perhaps limit— transnational solidarity?
We invite submissions that address the relationship between civil society and the resilience of organizations, communities, and social systems through the lens of political science, economic sociology, organizational theory, institutional theory, governance, social movements, social networks, or strategy.