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”Whatever Does Not Kill Me Makes Me Stronger”: A Sociological Analysis of Uses of the Concept of Resilience. The Case of Boris Cyrulnik’s Self-Help Books Readers


This article offers a social science analysis of the resilience concept’s success and common sense uses. Based on a sample of letters from the readers of the French author Boris Cyrulnik’s self-help best-sellers, the article first depicts the characteristics of the attitude of the letters’ authors towards Cyrulnik and what they expect from him. Second, it proposes to understand resilience as a language game used to communicate about suffering and then analyses why certain readers feel resilient while others don’t. It concludes that this way of reacting to adversity (i. e., tapping one’s inner resources, never giving up) is particularly desirable in a context where autonomy has become more prestigious.

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Objective Status, Subjective Status and Prosociality of Swiss Apprentices

. Empathy-Induced Altruism in a Prisoner’s Dilemma. European Journal of Social Psychology 29(7): 909–924. Benenson, Joyce F., Johanna Pascoe und Nicola Radmore. 2007. Children’s Altruistic Behavior in the Dictator Gamer. Evolution and Human Behavior 28(3): 168–175. Berger, Roger, Heiko Rauhut, Sandra Prade und Dirk Helbing. 2012. Bargaining Over Waiting Time in Ultimatum Game Experiments. Social Science Research 41: 372–379. Brooks, Arthur C. 2005. Does Social Capital Make You Generous? Social Science Quarterly 86(1): 1–15. Brown, Jonathon

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Juvenile Sociability, Cultural Classifications and ‘Tastes’: A Study on the Universe of Games and Social Networks in Lower Class LAN Houses


The objective of this study is to investigate the appropriation of digital technologies in processes of identity elaboration and sociability in a group of poor urban workers living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The article presents an ethnographic study of LAN houses – the Brazilian cybercafés - focusing on technological uses and their connection with issues such as the role of games as a motor of local sociability and the appropriation of digital technologies as a way of elaborating identities and classifications, through social distinction and cultural tastes. The influence of Internet centers’ attendants was analyzed in connection with the consumption of cultural products such as games and musical styles. The results showed the use of these products in the process of elaboration of local youngsters’ social classifications. The study reveals in what ways game motivation and musical style choices are collectively molded, highlightening the importance of group distinctions and belonging.

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Is the Positive Network the Inverse of Negative Network?

. González-Arangüena, C. Manuel, G. Owen, M. del Pozo and J. Tejada (2003) ‘Centrality and power in social networks: a game theoretic approach’. Mathematical Social Sciences, 46(1): 27 - 54. Heider, F. (1948) ‘Attitudes and Cognitive Organizations’. The Journal of Psychology, 21(1): 107-112 Henry D.B. and K. Kotbus (2007) ‘Early Adolescent Social Networks and Substance Use’. Journal of Early Adolescence, 27(3): 346-362 Hanneman R.A. and M. Riddle (2005) ‘Introduction to Social Network Methods’, http

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«Ich habe versucht, mich zu beweisen». Der Umgang mit Ausgrenzungs- und Diskriminierungserfahrungen in der Berufseinstiegsphase. Das Beispiel von AkademikerInnen mit Migrationshintergrund in Österreich

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Risk Management Responses to Armed Non-State Actor Risk in Afghanistan

’. Terrorism and Political Violence, 20(1):87-109. Hood, C. (2011) The Blame Game: Spin, Bureaucracy, and Self-Preservation in Government. Princeton: Princeton. Hutter, B. and M. Power, (2005) ‘Organizational encounters with risk: an introduction’. In Organizational Encounters with Risk . B. Hutter and M. Power (eds.), pp. 1-32. Cambridge: Cambridge. International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic (IHRCRC) and Global Justice Clinic (GJC) (2012) ‘Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in Pakistan

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A Casuistic explanation to Hizbullah’s realpolitik: Interpreting the re-interpreted

of Terror: Essays on biopolitics and the Defence of Society. London, Palgrave Macmillan. Coughlin, C. (2010). Khomeini’s Ghost. London, Pan Books. Deeb, L. (2006) Hizbullah: A primer. Eisenlohr, R. S. (2008). Shi’ite Lebanon: Transnational religion and the Making of National Identites. New York, Columbia University Press. Ezani, E. (2011). “Hezbollah’s strategy of “walking on the edge”: Between political game and political violence.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 35(11). Fawcett, L. (2009). International Relations of the Middle

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