Chapter 17 Crisis and resilience in poor European households: core findings and conclusions
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This concluding chapter states that socioeconomic resilience of vulnerable households is comparatively rare, and rests on specific economic, social and cultural resources. Based on various resources, ranging from small productive assets (like nature) to special skills and knowledge, resilience practices help to sustain a households livelihood. Personal and economic support through family and community affiliation and other de-commodified values like mutual help and non-market relationships seem to be important. The welfare state is important in two ways as a warrantor of public goods, improving the life of poor and resilient families and as a lender of last resort through welfare services and basic income support. Resilience proves itself as a fruitful concept in analyzing poverty and increasing life options to improve the circumstances of the poor. But it is restricted to a well functioning welfare state, not by instrumentalising it against the poor or to legitimize cuts in welfare spendings, which some political debates in Europe suggest.

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