Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2009, Brisbane, Australia, Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences

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Towards a feminist-systems theory – an overview of method, emerging results and implications for practice.

Anne Stephens


This paper provides the findings of a current study to locate the similarity and/or differences between two epistemologies: Critical Systems Thinking (CST) and cultural ecofeminism. Selected texts from authors in each field were coded and compared using the Constant Comparative Analysis (CCA) Grounded Theory method. The texts revealed a multitude of similarities between the two bodies across a range of concepts including systems thinking language; challenges to positivist science, reason and instrumentalism; ethics and morality and praxis. From the initial synthesis of the data, several principles towards one feminist-systems theory of practice are emerging.

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