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The Other Side of Resilience to Terrorism

A Portrait of a Resilient-Healthy City


About this book


This timely treatise introduces an innovative prevention/preparedness model for cities to address and counter terrorist threats and events. It offers theoretical background, mixed-method research, and tools for creating a resilience-based response to terrorism, as opposed to the security-based frameworks commonly in use worldwide. The extended example of Milan as a “resilient-healthy” city pinpoints sociological, political, and economic factors that contribute to terror risk, and outlines how law enforcement and emergency management professionals can adopt more proactive measures. From these observations and findings, the author also makes recommendations for the professional training and city planning sectors to address preparedness issues, and for community inclusion programs to deter criminal activities in at-risk youth.

Features of the coverage:

  •          Summary of sociological theories of terrorism
  •         The Resilience D model for assessing and managing urban terrorist activity
  •         Findings on resilience and vulnerabilities of terror groups
  •         Photo-illustrated analysis of neighborhoods in Milan, describing areas of risk and resilience
  •         Virtual ethnography with perspectives from native residents, recent immigrants, and security experts
  •          Proposals for coordinated communications between resource agencies

The Other Side of Resilience to Terrorism will hold considerable interest for students, stakeholders, practitioners, and researchers. It makes a worthwhile text for various academic disciplines (e.g., urban sociology, crisis management) as well as for public agencies and policymakers.


terrorism urban resilience public health preparedness counter terrorism sociology of disaster ethnography public safety national security vulnerability resilience assessment crisis management risk communications urban planning migration and terrorism disaster prevention disaster management public awareness social perceptions

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.ITSTIME, Department of SociologyCatholic University of Sacred HeartMilanItaly

About the authors

Barbara Lucini, PhD, is adjunct professor of Risk Management and Crisis Communication at Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy. As part of the Department of Sociology, she teaches courses in public policies. She also is a teaching assistant in sociology and risk communication, crisis management, and theory and techniques of mass communications, and a lecturer on crisis, disaster, and resilience topics at universities, secondary schools, regional schools of civil protection (Lombardia region), and civil protection voluntary associations.

Dr. Lucini also is project manager and researcher with Itstime Disaster Resilience Action (IDRA). She collaborates in training activities with diverse regional and national agencies, and is involved in various national and international networks. Her research interests are focused on disaster resilience, sociology of disaster, crisis and disaster management (national, international, and European levels), civil protection systems, civil defense systems, volunteers’ management, risk perception, and crisis communication. She also is interested in environmental and urban sociology, visual studies, disaster anthropology, and methodology of social research.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Other Side of Resilience to Terrorism
  • Book Subtitle A Portrait of a Resilient-Healthy City
  • Authors Barbara Lucini
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-56942-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86042-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-56943-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 192
  • Number of Illustrations 176 b/w illustrations, 35 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Public Health
    Terrorism and Political Violence
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