HomeHome

The (Mis)application of the Western Concept of “Resilience” to Non-Western Crises: South Sudanese Women as Case Study

Stephanie Euber

Title:
The (Mis)application of the Western Concept of “Resilience” to Non-Western Crises: South Sudanese Women as Case Study
Author(s):
Euber, Stephanie
Thesis Advisor(s):
Cooper, Belinda
Date:
Type:
Theses
Degree:
M.A., Columbia University
Department(s):
Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Persistent URL:
Geographic Area:
South Sudan
Abstract:
This thesis involves an analysis of how the term “resilience” is mobilized and operationalized by groups and organizations that tout human rights as a main concern; I look to the relaying of South Sudanese women’s experiences to social justice workers as a case study, aiming to gain perspective from the women’s narratives of resilience. The purpose of this research is largely to critically engage with and question the resilience framework often referenced and taken for granted within modern human rights discourse. Qualitative research was conducted via interviews with eight individuals who have experience working with the South Sudanese population. Findings included five major themes: (1) the emphasis on social support and religiosity in South Sudanese culture, (2) a glaring lack of psychosocial services for traumatized refugees, (3) a trend toward pushing education for impact, (4) a leaning toward self-identifying as “survivor” among South Sudanese women, and (5) the futility of the resilience framework in non-Western contexts such as within South Sudan and the diaspora. I conclude that the resilience framework not only misses the mark when applied to non-Western contexts, such as humanitarian and human rights efforts have erroneously applied it to South Sudanese women and their experiences of conflict-related gender-based violence, but that the application of this framework in this way may even be considered to be a dangerous application.
Subject(s):
Human rights
Resilience (Personality trait)
South Sudanese
Women--Violence against
Item views
126
Metadata:
text | xml
Suggested Citation:
Stephanie Euber, , The (Mis)application of the Western Concept of “Resilience” to Non-Western Crises: South Sudanese Women as Case Study, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

Columbia University Libraries | Policies | FAQ