A radical imagination for nursing: Generative insurrection, creative resistance

Jessica Dillard-Wright

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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)
Article numbere12371
JournalNursing Philosophy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


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

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  • Research and Theory
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects


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