Network in Family Systems Theory
Name of Concept
Network in family systems theory
Deep ecology; Network theory
Many ancient cultures emphasized that people, animals, plants, etc. were all part of one giant integrated system, “Mother Nature,” “Mother Earth,” or “Gaia.” These ancient beliefs of an integrated world where humans are a part of the larger system have been receiving greater philosophical and research support. One such theory, network theory*, or deep ecology* (Capra 1996), represents a synthesis of systemic ideas from general systems theory, cybernetics, human communication processing model, autopoiesis, physics, and nonlinear mathematics. Capra’s articulation of network theory* holds profound implications for the study of family systems in general, as well as the practice of couple and family therapy.
Theoretical Context for Concept
The evolution of systemic ideas familiar to the CFT field also informed Capra’s ideas. Specifically, Bertalanffy’s general systems theory, Wiener’s...
- Capra, F. (1996). The web of life: A new scientific understanding of living systems. New York: Anchor.Google Scholar