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Intersections of Social and Health Care Structures and Reflections on the Methodology: Whose Voices are More Critical

Savitri Singh.

In order to keep abreast of the influx of new immigrants to Canada, health care providers and policy makers have espoused the concept of multiculturism, thereby infusing this concept into the health care system in order to try to understand the notion of culture and its relatedness to difference and diversity. In this paper, I argue that nursing research needs to move beyond identifying only the social theory of “cultural pluralism” as the answer for effective health care in cervical screening. Rather research needs to view South Asian women’s experiences through these women's standpoint. I believe that there is a need to understand women’s lives from a critical standpoint perspective that allows nurse researchers to go beyond the passive view of “culture” when analyzing their data, in order to illuminate the intersectionality of social, gender, class, economic, and political factors that interplay in South Asian women's daily lives.


Savitri Singh  (Canada)
PhD student
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

I am a PhD nursing student. I work at the British Columbia Cancer agency in Vancouver, Canada as project leader in the PSMPC project.

  • Culture
  • Race
  • Health care methodology
  • Standpoint

(30 min Conference Paper, English)