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Nursing Research on Religion and Spirituality Through a Social Justice Lens

Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl, PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000036
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Critical theories such as postcolonial feminism and intersectionality can provide new and vital perspectives on the interplay between social justice, religion, spirituality, health, and nursing. Criticality prompts us to examine taken-for-granted assumptions, such as the neutrality and universality of spirituality, while analyzing social relations of power, including the racialization of religion and religious patriarchy, that may result in oppressive conditions and social exclusion. The argument is made that when refracted through critical, intersectional lenses, religious and spiritual traditions can be rich sources of theoretical foundations and practical services that could inform nursing's recent re/turn toward social justice.

School of Nursing, Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, Canada.

Correspondence: Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, Trinity Western University, 7600 Glover Rd, Langley, BC V2Y 1Y1, Canada (

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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