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Interpretation: a political and social practice.

Authors
  • Aluwihare-Samaranayake, Dilmi S
Type
Published Article
Journal
ANS. Advances in nursing science
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2010
Volume
33
Issue
3
Pages
256–268
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3181eb4157
PMID: 20693834
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The purpose of this article was to illustrate that interpretation is a political and social practice and to explore the conceptualization of interpretation as a political and social practice within the discipline of nursing. A critical view of language, meaning, and interpretation reveals that words are influenced by sociopolitical context and empiricism is engulfed in interpretations derived from the environment. The deliberations reveal that how we perceive our nature of being in the world affects our interpretations. In contrast, from a critical theory lens the discussion reveals that interpretation becomes a process of penetration of different contexts and of an evolutionary praxis effecting transformation.

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