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Postcolonial Nursing Scholarship: From Epistemology to Method

Kirkham, Sheryl Reimer PhD; Anderson, Joan M. PhD

Critique and Replication

Postcolonial theory, with its interpretations of race, racialization, and culture, offers nursing scholarship a set of powerful analytic tools unlike those offered by other nursing and social theories. Building on the foundation established by those who first pointed to the importance of incorporating cultural aspects into nursing care, nursing scholarship is in a position to move forward. Critical perspectives such as postcolonialism equip us to meet the epistemological imperative of giving voice to subjugated knowledges and the social mandates of uncovering existing inequities and addressing the social aspects of health and illness. This article makes a case for the integration of postcolonial perspectives into theorizing and sketches out a research methodology based on the postcolonial tradition.

Associate Professor; Nursing Department; Trinity Western University; Langley, British Columbia

Professor of Nursing and Elizabeth Kenny McCann Professor; Cultural Studies and Health Research Unit; School of Nursing; University of British Columbia; Vancouver, British Columbia

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