contextual knowledge, critical inquiry, ethics, health disparities, postcolonial feminist perspective, social justice



  1. Anderson, Joan M. PhD, RN
  2. Rodney, Patricia PhD, RN
  3. Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl PhD, RN
  4. Browne, Annette J. PhD, RN
  5. Khan, Koushambhi Basu PhD
  6. Lynam, M. Judith PhD, RN


The authors use the backdrop of the Healthy People 2010 initiative to contribute to a discussion encompassing social justice from local to national to global contexts. Drawing on findings from their programs of research, they explore the concept of critical social justice as a powerful ethical lens through which to view inequities in health and in healthcare access. They examine the kind of knowledge needed to move toward the ideal of social justice and point to strategies for engaging in dialogue about knowledge and actions to promote more equitable health and healthcare from local to global levels.