A radical imagination for nursing: Generative insurrection, creative resistance

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In the crucible of the pandemic, it has never before been clearer that, to ensure the relevance and even the survival of the discipline, nursing must cultivate a radical imagination. In the paper that follows, I trace the imperative for conjuring a radical imagination for nursing. In this fever dream for nursing futures, built on speculative visions of what could be, I draw on anarchist, abolitionist, posthuman, Black feminist, new materialist and other big ideas to plant seeds of generative insurrection and creative resistance. In thinking through a radical imagination, I unpack the significance of reparatory history for nursing, a discipline founded on normative whiteness. From there, I consider what it would take to shift the capitalist frame of healthcare to one of mutual aid, which requires the deep work of abolition. With a radical imagination that breaks down the enclosures that contain us through reparatory history, mutual aid and abolition, kinship becomes urgently possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNursing Philosophy
StateAccepted/In press - 2021


  • abolition
  • kinship
  • mutual aid
  • radical imagination
  • reparatory history
  • speculative futurism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Research and Theory
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects


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