Original ArticleToward a Critical Theoretical Interpretation of Social Justice Discourses in NursingKirkham, Sheryl Reimer PhD, RN; Browne, Annette J. PhD, RNAuthor Information Nursing Department, Trinity Western University, Langley (Dr Kirkham), and the School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Dr Browne), British Columbia, Canada. Corresponding author: Sheryl Reimer Kirkham, PhD, RN, Nursing Department, Trinity Western University, 7600 Glover Rd, Langley, British Columbia, Canada V2Y 1Y1 (e-mail: [email protected]). Dr Browne is supported by a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and a Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Advances in Nursing Science: October 2006 - Volume 29 - Issue 4 - p 324-339 Buy Abstract Despite widespread appeals to social justice, nursing conceptions of this ideal have been critiqued as incomplete and inconsistent. With the aim of contributing to a critical dialogue on discourses of social justice in nursing, we explore contemporary theories of social justice and their move beyond a distributive paradigm, employing techniques of replication and critique of social justice discourses in nursing. We consider how postcolonial feminist theory can help us understand the relevance of more recent critical interpretations of social justice, particularly in reinterpreting and broadening nursing's individualistic focus on social justice so that due consideration and actions are directed toward the intersecting impact of historically and socially mediated conditions on health and human suffering. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.