This book, edited by Venkat Pulla and Bharath Bhushan Mamidi, addresses the narratives of community empowerment, resilience and coping mechanisms, using a fresh lens and renewed approach. It remains well-documented that the process of community empowerment stems from community engagement, lead- ing to increased participation by the community. In their first chapter, Pulla and Mamidi outline the nuanced challenges faced in modern day community empower- ment. Using the contested notions of power, empowerment and community resil- ience, they argue that while resilience entails ‘successful adaptation’, coping strategies may not. Successful adaptation is a road to build the individual’s or communities’ personal and/or environmental resources—problem-solving skills, enhancement of self-confidence and boosting of social relations.
International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice, Vol.1. No.2
Literature examining concepts of coping and resilience within a range of diverse fields such as social work, psychology, art, spirituality and management science, have emerged and have shifted a focus from sustainable practices to resilience building. A recently released book, Perspectives on Coping and Resilience “examines the interplay of individual, family, community and social factors, and deepens our understanding of the human ability to ‘bounce back’ – a vital competency for success” (Pulla, Shatte & Warren, 2013). Perspectives on Coping and Resilience brings together the above mentioned disciplines and their relevance within individual, group and community resilience building. This paper will review and build upon the writings of Pulla, Shatte and Warren (2013) and a variety of extended authors whilst highlighting key areas of children and emotional stability, gender issues, trauma and violence.
Keywords: Coping, Resilience, Social Work, Human Services, Emotional Stability, Bouncing Back, Strengths