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Keywords

accidents, cultural diversity, environment, public policy, traffic, vulnerable populations, walking

 

Authors

  1. Cuttler, Sasha J. PHN, BSN, RN
  2. Malone, Ruth E. PhD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

Hall, Stevens, and Meleis' critical feminist theory of marginalization provides a useful lens through which to examine both the role of the automobile in Western society and the related phenomenon of automobile-pedestrian injury. This article draws on a specific case of automobile-pedestrian fatality in San Francisco's Mission District to show how the marginalization of neighborhoods, groups, and individuals occurs in an autocentric environment. Nurses can use concepts of marginalization to inform and dialogue with communities about healthier, safer transportation options and ways to achieve them.