Applying Antonio Gramsci's philosophy to postcolonial feminist social and political activism in nursing

Nursing Philosophy 10 (3):180-190 (2009)
Through its social and political activism goals, postcolonial feminist theoretical approaches not only focus on individual issues that affect health but encompass the examination of the complex interplay between neocolonialism, neoliberalism, and globalization, in mediating the health of non-Western immigrants and refugees. Postcolonial feminism holds the promise to influence nursing research and practice in the 21st century where health remains a goal to achieve and a commitment for humanity. This is especially relevant for nurses, who act as global citizens and as voices for the voiceless. The commitment of nursing to social justice must be further strengthened by relying on postcolonial theories to address issues of health inequities that arise from marginalization and racialization. In using postcolonial feminist theories, nurse researchers locate the inquiry process within a Gramscian philosophy of praxis that represents knowledge in action.
Keywords nursing philosophy  non‐Western populations  philosophy of nursing  nursing research  the marginalized culture
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DOI 10.1111/j.1466-769X.2009.00410.x
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