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Cultivating Praxis Through Chinn and Kramer's Emancipatory Knowing

Peart, Jessica, BSN, BA, RN; MacKinnon, Karen, PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000232
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Nursing actions in support of equitable health and social relations have always been central to the work of our discipline. The mandate for social justice advocacy is identified in many of our professional and ethical frameworks, with systems-level advocacy situated as a core competency for advanced practice nurses. And yet, the sociopolitical processes that generate health inequities are not always readily understood by nurses. Emancipatory knowing provides an accessible lens to reveal how social injustice occurs while delineating a practical structure through which reflective action can be undertaken toward social change, otherwise known as nursing praxis.

School of Nursing, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada.

Correspondence: Karen MacKinnon, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, University of Victoria, PO Box 1700 STN CSC, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2Y2, Canada (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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