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Temas em Psicologia

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OLIVEIRA, Ana Tercila Campos  and  MORAIS, Normanda Araujo de. Community resilience: a case study of a community of Fortaleza, CE. Temas psicol. [online]. 2019, vol.27, n.3, pp.779-793. ISSN 1413-389X.

The study aims to understand community resilience processes (CR) and their related factors, through a case study of a community in Fortaleza, CE, which originated from an urban occupation and was characterized by low social indicators. A single case study was performed, based on the Ecological Insertion and on 10 interviews conducted with community leaders and inhabitants. The data were submitted to Content Analysis and two categories of analysis were identified: adversities experienced and factors that favor community resilience. The main adversities relate to structural difficulties, violence and stigma from violence associated with the location. CR processes are illustrated in the community struggles for basic rights and are based on the following factors: social capital, cultural ties and the infrastructure that supports the growth of the community. This demonstrates the relevance of the concept of CR in the study of adversities, such as poverty and violence, which are historically less emphasized in studies concerning CR, even though these are the most chronic and frequent within the Brazilian context.

Keywords : Community resilience; community; social capital.

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