Feminist systems theory: learning by praxis

Stephens, Anne (2012) Feminist systems theory: learning by praxis. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 25 1: 1-14. doi:10.1007/s11213-011-9212-x

Author Stephens, Anne
Title Feminist systems theory: learning by praxis
Journal name Systemic Practice and Action Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1094-429X
Publication date 2012-02-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11213-011-9212-x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 25
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Language eng
Subject 1405 Management of Technology and Innovation
1408 Strategy and Management
Formatted abstract
Feminist Systems Theory (FST) is an emerging theory grounded in cultural ecofeminism and critical systems theory. FST's contribution is in a set of principles that contain implications for community development and social research. FST brings to the fore the importance of valuing and considering the voices of people at the margins of social research and community development projects and is an effort towards a new ontology and language of person and nature to adequately address environmental marginalization. The 'systems' theory contribution to FST enriches our repertoires of methods and tools with an emphasis on systems thinking characterised by the use of boundary analysis. FST is ideally situated to enhance systemic intervention practice, an application of action research and participatory research practices. This paper will examine 'process philosophy' necessary to understand the nature of boundary analysis and the implications for FST and praxis with relevant examples drawn from case studies of current applications of FST in action research settings; (1) economic analysis and transition pathways; (2) policy analysis of the Close the Gap strategy for Indigenous equality and equity in Australia; (3) a community food distribution system; and, (4) a community health and diabetes prevention program.
Keyword Action research
Critical systems theory
Feminist systems thinking
FST principles
Participatory action research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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