Feminist systems theory: learning by praxis

Stephens, Anne (2012) Feminist systems theory: learning by praxis. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 25 (1). pp. 1-14.

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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.

Item ID: 22009
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-9295
Keywords: FST; feminist systems thinking; FST principles; feminism; critical systems theory; ecofeminism; praxis; action research; participatory action research
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2012 06:11
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 25%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies @ 25%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 100%
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