An interpretive-systemic framework for the study of community organizations
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An interpretive-systemic framework for the study of community organizations (Ochoa Arias, Alejandro Elías) Abstract This paper presents a conceptual framework for the systemic study of Community Organizations in contemporary societies. This framework is made up of two ideal-type models of Community Organizations. These models are structured around the notions of rights, social interaction, and the State. The first ideal-type model is based on a liberal conception of society, and the second model is grounded on communicative ethics as developed by Habermas for contemporary deliberative democracy. The relevance and limitations of such interpretive framework are discussed when a brief exploration on the social meaning of Community Organizations in Venezuela unveils grounds for further questioning about the role of COs in contemporary society. A draft version of this paper was developed at Hull University under the academic link between Hull University and University of Los Andes. This article was published in Systems Practice and Action Research, Vol 11, Nº 5, 1998; pp. 543-562.