Rethinking cultural sensitivity

Swendson, Carol & Windsor, Carol A. (1996) Rethinking cultural sensitivity. Nursing Inquiry, 3(1), pp. 3-10.

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The concept of cultural sensitivity is located within the tradition of anthropology and the history of colonisation and immigration in Australian society. This history provides a basis for examining the largely uncritical introduction of cultural considerations to the discipline of nursing. This paper argues that contemporary understandings of multiculturalism in nursing and health care policy tend to obscure, ignore and thus perpetuate notions of racial superiority. Recent works in transcultural nursing are med to illustrate the way in which ahistorical and therefore quite arbitrary traits are attributed to particular cultural groups. This perspective, given legitimacy in terms of cultural sensitivity, encourages political neutrality and thereby avoids questioning the discriminatory practices embedded in fundamental social relations.

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ID Code: 63863
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: colonization, culture, cultural sensitivity, multiculturalism, transcultural nursing
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1800.1996.tb00002.x
ISSN: 1440-1800
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 01 Nov 2013 01:44
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2013 01:49

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