Conclusion Preserving a Taste for Research and Practice without Recipes
Although the three parts of this book are presented separately, it should be clear to the reader that ideas presented in each part have implications for the other sections. For example, comparing the first two dishes, methodological considerations presented in Part II have a strong bearing on the theoretical development of Critical Systems Thinking (CST) itself (the focus of Part I). As one proceeds to operationalize the implications of CST theorizing, so one begins to see how the theory has lacunae to be recognized. The process of theorizing has to address emerging lacunae located as people attempt to (re)consider the relevance of the theory. This becomes apparent, for instance, from the first three chapters in Part II, where operationalization of CST in the form of Total Systems Intervention (TSI; or Local Systemic Intervention, LSI) makes transparent theo- retical difficulties in CST. Hence, as far as CST as a research enterprise is concerned, we suggest that the kinds of methodological issues raised in Part II must be taken into account by those working on the meaning of CST itself. Likewise, Part I throws up issues for writers in Part II, such as boundary judgments in research, which highlight possible lacunae in TSI/LSI.