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Othering: Difference Understood??A 10-Year Analysis and Critique of the Nursing Literature

Canales, Mary K. PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3181c9e119

It has been 10 years since Advances in Nursing Science (ANS) published the first article that articulated othering within a nursing framework. This issue's topic, Critique and Replication, provided an opportunity for analysis of the influence of the original ANS article on the visibility and application of othering within nursing literature. Comprehensive searches of major health databases identified 32 publications citing the original ANS article. The analysis focused on exclusionary and inclusionary othering, role taking, and constructions of the other. Results indicate that although othering has become more visible within nursing literature, exclusionary othering dominates. The article concludes with thoughts for moving beyond othering and toward engagement.

College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.

Corresponding Author: Mary K. Canales, PhD, RN, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, 105 Garfield Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701 (

I thank Denise Drevdahl, PhD, and Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, PhD(c), nurse scholars and colleagues, who continually challenge my thinking. Their insightful reviews of various drafts of the paper were most helpful. I also want to acknowledge the thoughtful comments of the ANS reviewers. I appreciate their time, efforts, and critique.

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