By Gerald Midgley (auth.)

This publication goals to reconsider systemic intervention to augment its relevance for helping social swap within the twenty first Century. It deals a brand new structures philosophy and technique, focusing upon the elemental value of exploring price and boundary decisions as a part of the intervention approach. A pluralist perform can be promoted, and the reader learns how s/he can draw upon a wide selection of theories and strategies to maximize flexibility and responsiveness in the course of interventions. 4 certain examples of the perform of systemic intervention also are supplied, every one of that's used to demonstrate a distinct element of the method defined within the book.

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Midgley, Systemic Intervention © Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers 2000 34 Chapter 3 view, does indeed escape from subject/object dualism: it does so by setting up a different opposition-between the 'content' and 'process' of analysis. The implication of the 'content/process' oppositional pair is that both subjects and objects have the same status: they are both general types of 'content'. There is inevitably a kind of dualism still present in this idea, but not the subject/object dualism that has been so pernicious in the history of science.

It was another strand of systems thinking that was influential in Europe, and this embodied quite a different understanding of 'system'. The key author in this alternative tradition was C. , by Mason and Mitroff, 1981; Checkland, 1981 27; Ackoff, 1981; Ulrich, 1983; and Midgley, 1992b). Prior to the work of Churchman, many people (most notably general systems theorists) assumed that the boundaries of a system are 'given' by the structure of reality. In contrast, Churchman made it clear that boundaries are social or personal constructs that define the limits of the knowledge that is to be taken as pertinent in an analysis.

However, I hope to make this the focus of a future book-it will not be addressed in this one. 16 Chapter! et ai, 1994, 1999). In the majority of cases this is because they are escaping abuse at home, and living

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