Hegemony, hermeneutics, and the heuristic of hope.

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Journal Article


ANS. Advances in nursing science, Volume 33, Issue 1, p.78-90 (2010)


2010, Adaptation, Psychological, Attitude to Health, Center-Authored Paper, Clinical Research Division, Data Collection, Data Interpretation, Statistical, Existentialism, Humans, Knowledge, Models, Nursing, Models, Psychological, Morale, Nursing Methodology Research, Philosophy, Nursing, Postmodernism, Problem Solving, Qualitative Research, Research Design, Semantics, Social Dominance, Stress, Psychological


Hope has become a commodity, one that society expects those who suffer to invest in and one that healthcare providers are expected to promote as an outcome. In nursing research, a single hegemonic epistemology/ontology has been implemented through an exclusive hermeneutic (interpretation of data) and has resulted in hope being designated as an external objective heuristic for those who suffer. Evidence is articulated in this article for adopting a broader method of analysis and interpretation (genealogy) that can facilitate fuller apprehension of hope in the human experience of suffering and despair.