Doing Work That Matters Despite the Obstacles: An Interview with Riane Eisler

Hilary Bradbury

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This is the third interview for the journal section we call ‘ influential ideas’. Here we introduce (and invite others to introduce) influential thinkers in a digestible format so that action researchers may be inspired to enrich their own research and practice. This interview is with Riane Eisler, who is known primarily as an author. Her best known book, The Chalice and the Blade, was published by Harper and Row in 1988 and became a bestseller which has since been translated into 20 foreign languages. Other books include Sacred Pleasure, Tomorrow's Children, and The Power of Partnership. Eisler places what would commonly be called feminist concerns at the center of her inquiry. In doing so she has explored the deep foundations of a dominator culture that permeate not just our gender relationships, but also our very modes of thinking and doing research. She offers suggestions for action research projects we might undertake, in programmatic fashion, to create more of a partnership orientation in many walks of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-227
Number of pages19
JournalAction Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2004


  • action research
  • dominator logic
  • partnership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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