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The pleasure of the bottomless: postmodernism, chaos and paradigm shifts.
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PMID:  10855146     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In her paper Reconstructing Nursing: Evidence, Artistry and the Curriculum, Marks-Maran (1999) attempted to outline a new postmodern paradigm for nursing. Whilst I fully support this timely discussion of new insights into nursing theory and practice, Marks-Maran unfortunately presents a very idiosyncratic version of postmodernism which is both simplistic and, at times; inaccurate. My main concern, however, is with her assertion that postmodernism offers a new paradigm for nursing, since she misses the fundamental point that postmodernism is not a critique or replacement for the modernist paradigm, but a challenge to the very notion of paradigms. Rather than attempting to replace the modernist paradigm of nursing, then, postmodernism offers what Spivak called 'the pleasure of the bottomless' in which the perceived certainties of science are decentred and the authority by which all knowledge claims are made is questioned.
G Rolfe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nurse education today     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0260-6917     ISO Abbreviation:  Nurse Educ Today     Publication Date:  1999 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-07-27     Completed Date:  2000-07-27     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8511379     Medline TA:  Nurse Educ Today     Country:  SCOTLAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  668-72     Citation Subset:  N    
School of Health and Social Care, University of Portsmouth, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Nonlinear Dynamics*
Nursing Theory*
Philosophy, Nursing*

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