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emancipation, epistemology, feminism, nursing, ontology, postmodernism, research



  1. Glass, Nel RN, Dip Neuro Nurs, BA, MHPEd, PhD, FCN (NSW), FRCNA
  2. Davis, Kierrynn RN, RMRN, Dip Neuro Nurs, BSc, Grad Dip Edn (Nurs), MSc(Hons) (Soc Ecol), MRCNA


This article critiques the current debates regarding feminism, postmodernism, and feminist/postmodernism within nursing research.The critique classified the debates into three identifiable constructs: dissatisfaction, fragmentation, and integration. The authors propose a solution from the integration debate as an emancipatory "workable" turning point for nursing research. The solution is situated within feminism and draws on the epistemological constructs of both modernism and postmodernism. Nursing research is framed within the proposed ontological links that characterize the integrated solution.