Regional Resilience: Opportunities, Challenges And Policy Messages From Western North Carolina

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Carol Kline PhD, Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: This paper explores resiliency theory by assessing the ability of communities to adapt and recover economically and socially after a natural disaster. Community resiliency describes the capacity of finding a new equilibrium that is strengthened from change. Resilience can be seen as a strategy to facilitate recovery after a trauma and can be used as a preventative measure to avoid undesired outcomes. Through a qualitative assessment of the HandMade in America programme in three rural communities in Western North Carolina, this paper draws attention to the facilitation of community capital, resulting in social and political networks that allowed these towns to rely on increases in tourism to rebound from the 2004 hurricanes season.

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Slocum S, Kline C. Regional resilience: opportunities, challenges and policy messages from Western North Carolina. Anatolia: An International Journal of Tourism & Hospitality Research. 2014;25(3):403-416. doi:10.1080/13032917.2014.888673. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2014
resilience, natural disaster, sustainability, North Carolina, crafts

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