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Knowing differently in systemic intervention

Rajagopalan, Raghav; Midgley, Gerald


Raghav Rajagopalan


© 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This paper makes the case for extended ways of knowing in systemic intervention. It argues that the deployment of formal (even reflective) thinking and dialogue methods are inadequate, on their own, to the critical tasks of comprehending larger wholes and appreciating others' viewpoints. Theory and techniques need to go further and access other forms of knowing, held in experiential, practical or symbolic ways. This could offer a better basis to incorporate marginalized people and other phenomena that are affected by interventions but do not have a voice, such as ecosystems and future generations.


Rajagopalan, R., & Midgley, G. (2015). Knowing differently in systemic intervention. Systems research and behavioral science, 32(5), 546-561.

Acceptance Date Aug 6, 2015
Online Publication Date Sep 7, 2015
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Sep 15, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal Systems research and behavioral science
Print ISSN 1092-7026
Electronic ISSN 1099-1743
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 5
Pages 546-561
Keywords Systemic intervention, Systems philosophy, Boundary critique, Critical systems thinking, Epistemology
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Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article: Rajagopalan, R, and Midgley, G (2015), Knowing Differently in Systemic Intervention. Syst. Res., 32, 546–561. doi: 10.1002/sres.2352.


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