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Journal Article

Towards a Second Order Research Methodology  pp25-36

Jim Brown, Petia Sice

© Sep 2005 Volume 3 Issue 1, Editor: Arthur Money, pp1 - 92

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This paper addresses the need for re‑examining the cognitive perspective on the role of language in social research. From the autopoietic perspective, language is not a tool to reveal an objective world; rather language is a venue for action, coupling the cognitive domains of two or more agents. Responsible research enquiry would seek to create systemic communication practices that allow the co‑existence of differing understandings within. Creating a dialogue for exploring and emerging meaning is essential in developing understanding and validating the research results.


Keywords: autopoiesis, social systems, language, dialogue, research method, systems thinking


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