This book examines the survivors of political violence and terrorism, considering both how they have responded and how they have been responded to following critical incidents. As this work demonstrates, survivors of comparatively rare and spectacular violence hold a mirror up to society’s normative assumptions around trauma, recovery and resilience.

Drawing on two years of observational field research with a British NGO who works with victims and former perpetrators of PVT, this book explores contested notions of ‘resilience’ and what it might mean for those negotiating the aftermaths of violence. Examining knowledge about resilience from a multitude of sources, including security policy, media, academic literature and the survivors themselves, this book contends that in order to make empirical sense of resilience we must reckon with both its discursive and practical manifestations.

An accessible and compelling read, this book will appeal to students and scholars of criminology, sociology, victimology, criminal justice and all those interested in the stories of survivors.

Introduction  Part 1 Resilience as Discourse and Practice  1.Setting the Scene of the ‘Trauma-Resilience’ Nexus in the 21st Century  2.To Survivors Themselves: Why, Where and How to Study Survivors of Political Violence and Terrorism?  Part 2 Turning Points and Processes of Resilience  3.‘Resilient’ to What? Mapping the Impacts of Political Violence and Terrorism  4.Sources of Resilience for Survivors  5.Exploring Temporalities of (In)Security  Part 3 Repurposing Resilience  6.Temporality, Resistance and Solidarity: The Making and Moulding of Resilient Survivor Communities  7.Am I Invictus?  Conclusion