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Historical Voices of Resistance: Crossing Boundaries to Praxis Through Documentary Filmmaking for the Public

Kagan, Paula N. PhD, RN

Section Editor(s): Chinn, Peggy L. PhD, RN, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/01.ANS.0000346284.06860.35

This article contextualizes my forthcoming study of a particular instance of resistance in nursing history, the Cassandra Radical Feminist Nurses Network, and examines how nursing history can be produced as public media to advance progressive ideas about nurses and transformative and emancipatory nursing and healthcare. It argues that nurse-generated documentary filmmaking is a natural extension of theory and practice, linking several disciplinary and conceptual fields to support a praxis that is situated at the intersection of nursing, critical theory, and the humanities.

Department of Nursing, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois.

Corresponding Author: Paula N. Kagan, PhD, RN, Department of Nursing, DePaul University, 990 West Fullerton Parkway, Ste 3000, Chicago, IL 60614 (

The author thanks Dr Elizabeth Kelly, Dr Kim Amer, and Dr Kathleen Musker for their review of this manuscript and Mr Brian Maj for his assistance with manuscript preparation. This work was supported in part by the generosity of the DePaul Humanities Center for which the author is exceptionally grateful.

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