Introduction: Resilience as Sociotechnical Construct

Chapter

Abstract

As the world is seeing the increased frequency of disastrous events instigated by both natural and man-made causes, resilience is rapidly emerging as a concept to cope with the aftermath impact. A split between two scientific approaches marks the current study of resilience. On one side is a group of social scientists and humanities scholars who view resilience as being embedded in human conditions when responding to dramatic changes unfolding in the environment. On the other side, engineers and natural scientists explore resilience more as a problem of material and physical durability when struck by shock. This chapter introduces the concept of sociotechnical resilience as a framework to bridge the gap between the two by situating resilience at the intersection of the social and physical realms. Informed by the notion of sociotechnical systems, this concept characterizes resilience as a hybrid construct whose features are determined by the joint assembly of social structures and technical infrastructures.

Keywords

Sociotechnical resilience Sociotechnical systems Hybrid Infrastructures Science and technology studies (STS) 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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