Love and resistance: re-inventing radical nurses in everyday struggles

Mckeown, Michael orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-0235-1923 (2019) Love and resistance: re-inventing radical nurses in everyday struggles. Journal Of Clinical Nursing, 29 (7-8). ISSN 0962-1067

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In an editorial concerned with radicalism, it is perhaps appropriate to start with Karl Marx. To paraphrase this greatest of political philosophers, we must learn the lessons of history. So, I wish to consider the idea of nursing radicalism, with recourse to a selective consideration of the past, contemplation of the present, and, most crucially, to inspire a critical imagination of what could be the future. Latterly, the very vocabulary of ‘radical’ has been demeaned, denigrated and demonised. I wish to reclaim an appreciation of nursing radicals as a wholesome and positive force for good, with huge potential for making a difference at various degrees of scale; from the global to the everyday. Indeed, I contend no change of any worth can neglect attention to the everyday human relationships bound up in making the change happen.

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