ArticleHegemony, Hermeneutics, and the Heuristic of HopeDorcy, Kathleen Shannon MN, RNAuthor Information Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Corresponding Author: Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, MN, RN, 1100 Fairview Ave N LF-210, PO Box 19024, Seattle, WA 98109 ([email protected]). The author thanks Dr Kristin Cloyes, Dr Michael Dorcy, and Dr Denise Drevdahl. This work was funded in part by American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award grant DSCNR-117200. Advances in Nursing Science: January 2010 - Volume 33 - Issue 1 - p 78-90 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3181cd7c50 Buy Metrics Abstract Hope has become a commodity, one that society expects those who suffer to invest in and one that healthcare providers are expected to promote as an outcome. In nursing research, a single hegemonic epistemology/ontology has been implemented through an exclusive hermeneutic (interpretation of data) and has resulted in hope being designated as an external objective heuristic for those who suffer. Evidence is articulated in this article for adopting a broader method of analysis and interpretation (genealogy) that can facilitate fuller apprehension of hope in the human experience of suffering and despair. © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.