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This chapter traces “resilience” as a contemporary keyword through different thematic fields and disciplinary contexts. Resilience has salience as part of a new security apparatus and austerity politics. Contemporary figures of resilience include the First World subject who feels threatened by terrorism and other disasters and whose longing for security aligns with the securitarian politics developed in the global North. The chapter also attends to the subaltern resilience of a subject from the global South who survived colonization, exploitation, and wars and has been subjected to austerity programs and other forms of exploitation. The third figure is the postfeminist resilience of the female subject who is surviving patriarchy, is increasingly exposed to the neoliberal labor conditions of flexicurity, and is believed to be individually responsible for her own survival. The essay situates resilience as a neoliberal mode of subjectification and highlights vulnerability’s role within this subjectification and how that relates to resistance.

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