This chapter explores the inadequacies of conventional paradigms and argues the case for a sustained effort to build post-conventional theory in relation to gender, social justice and the environment. Drawing on the work of key post-structural feminists a post-conventional framework is explored. It is argued that while significant theorising has been done in reconceptualising these issues, there is need to maintain a focus on abstract theory and to sustain the momentum of the paradigmatic shift from conventional approaches in order to effectively re-imagine the foundations of social theory. Further, if this momentum is not sustained, neglect in theory-building at the ontological level could contribute to ongoing oppression. Without reimagining and articulating a post-conventional foundation, there is a risk - by default or design - that we draw on an inappropriate and fundamentally oppressive ontology.
|Title of host publication||Research, action and policy|
|Subtitle of host publication||Addressing the gendered impacts of climate change|
|Editors||Margaret Alston, Kerri Whittenbury|
|Place of Publication||The Netherlands|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|