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Lessons from a postcolonial-feminist perspective: Suffering and a path to healing

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ANDERSON JM. Nursing Inquiry 2004; 11: 238 –246

Lessons from a postcolonial-feminist perspective: Suffering and a path to healing

Recent events around the globe reflect the tensions and ethical dilemmas of the postmodern, postcolonial and neocolonial world that have far reaching implications for health, well-being, and human suffering. As we consider what is at stake, and what this means for local lives and human relationships, we need to examine whether the theories we draw on are adequate to further our understanding of health, and the social and material conditions of human suffering. In this paper I begin to explore the question, ‘Can postcolonial feminist theories provide an inclusive scholarship that would further our understanding of human suffering and open up a path to healing?’ At issue here is whether this scholarship adds another dimension to a praxis-oriented nursing science.

Keywords: critical inquiry; culture; feminism; postcolonialism; racialization

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1800.2004.00231.x

Publication date: 2004-12-01

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