Theories that Create Coherence in Practice and Other Stories

  • Martha Vahl


In the past, it was as clear as it is today that things are not necessarily as we want them, and that improvement is needed. Nevertheless, there was a different expectation, as changes or ‘improvements’ would inevitably happen. They were considered a gift, however. One might get more money, food or riches, and thank the higher powers for their benevolence. The difference with the present is thus considerable. For the poor as well as the rich, the organised and the non-organised, the prisoner and the emprisoner, improvement has become a calling rather than a gift. This has made even the higher powers more accountable, also for their help.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martha Vahl
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  1. 1.Centre for Systems StudiesUniversity of HullHullUK

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