|What is emancipatory boundary critique?||Emancipatory boundary critique consists of a set of questions empowering non-experts to uncover normative assumptions underlying an expert’s solution to a problem along with the solution’s social and ecological implications. It is one way of using Critical Systems Heuristics, a framework for reflective professional practice developed by Werner Ulrich.|
|Why should the method be applied?||All solutions to a problem include underlying assumptions (“boundary judgments” in Ulrich’s terminology). In the critical discussion of these underlying assumptions and their consequences the expert is as much a lay-person as the non expert. This is why these assumptions must be discussed and decided upon by those who have to bear the consequences.|
|When should the method be applied?||The method serves the critical reflection on, and discussion of, a specific solution to a problem. It can be applied as soon as solutions are developed.|
We particularly recommend reading:
Ulrich W 2005. A brief introduction to critical systems heuristics (CSH). Milton Keynes, UK: The Open University.
Ulrich’s web page offers diverse papers written for newcomers up to specialists, including the above recommended introductory article::