In this essay we explore how humans might face systemic collapse and/or entry into a dark age through forms of community resilience. We also note that nature, types of communities, and degrees of resilience differ in core, peripheral, and semiperipheral areas of the contemporary world-system. Core or global north or first world communities have all but disintegrated due to neoliberal policies. However, communities in peripheral and semiperipheral areas are more emergent, and more resilient. These areas are most likely to have or to creatively develop strategies to overcome global collapse. We further argue that social scientists need to develop new definitions of community that go beyond contemporary conceptualizations.
Kuecker, Glen David and Hall, Thomas D., "Resilience and Community in the Age of World-System Collapse" (2011). Nature and Culture. Vol. 6; No. 1. (2011): 18-40. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedited version of an article published in Nature and Culture Vol.6, No.1, pp.18-40. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: http://berghahn.publisher.ingentaconnect.com/content/berghahn/natcult/2011/00000006/00000001/art00002