Patterns of resilience during socioeconomic crises among households in Europe (RESCUE): concept, objectives and work packages of an EU FP 7 project

Markus Promberger, Ursula Huws, Hulya Dagdeviren, Lars Meier, Frank Sowa, Marie Boost, Athena Athanasiou, Attila Aytekin, María Arnal, Luís Capucha, Carlos de Castro, Krystyna Faliszek, Jane Gray, Krzysztof Lęcki, Witold Mandrysz, Georgia Petraki, Juan Carlos Revilla, Tarik Şengül, Barbara Słania, Monica TennbergTerhi Saija Maria Vuojala-Magga, Kazimiera Wódz

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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 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
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