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  1. Kirkham, Sheryl Reimer PhD, RN
  2. Anderson, Joan M. PhD, RN


With increased attentiveness to social justice and the social and economic inequities that shape health, well-being, and health care access, nurse researchers, particularly those positioning their work as emancipatory, negotiate the dialectic of analysis and advocacy. Drawing on postcolonial feminism, we explore this dialectic and associated ramifications for scientific integrity. Staying true to critical foundations shifts the focus from advocacy as "speaking on behalf of" to rigorous reflexive analysis that decenters dominant discourses to open up the possibility for those who have been marginalized to exercise human agency and work alongside researchers toward social justice for all.