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Introduction THE ROLE OF PLACE IN THE HISTORY OF NURSING BarbraMannWall UniversityofVirginia In 2009, Patricia D’Antonio called for a consideration of place as a cat- egory for analysis in nursing history. Focusing on nursing as a practice discipline in a global arena, she suggested more scholarship that crosses lin- guistic, geographical, and cultural boundaries.¹ Along these lines, the articles in this series serve as entry points into interdisciplinary debates about the importance of place in local and regional histories of nursing. Funded by the VirginiaFoundationfortheHumanities,theSouthernAssociationfortheHis- tory of Medicine and Science, and the American Association for the History ofNursing,theauthorsinthisstudyassertthatregionalinteractionscanpro- vide insights into understanding national and global developments, while at thesametimecontributingtoamorediversehistoryofnursing.Weask:what is place and how can we better understand it as a concept of analysis? How can an understanding of place help nurses to begin to think about connec- tions between their work and local and regional histories? To what extent are particularhistoriesofnursingplacebased? As Martha Howell and Walter Prevenier assert today, “historians treat a much greater range of topics, and they do so by employing a much wider variety of theories and methods.” This change has occurred as historians have encounteredotherdisciplinesandhavetakentheir“tools,method,theory,and subject matter” to enhance understanding of their own areas of study.² http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

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Springer Publishing
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© 2020 Springer Publishing Company
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.28.127
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THE ROLE OF PLACE IN THE HISTORY OF NURSING BarbraMannWall UniversityofVirginia In 2009, Patricia D’Antonio called for a consideration of place as a cat- egory for analysis in nursing history. Focusing on nursing as a practice discipline in a global arena, she suggested more scholarship that crosses lin- guistic, geographical, and cultural boundaries.¹ Along these lines, the articles in this series serve as entry points into interdisciplinary debates about the importance of place in local and regional histories of nursing. Funded by the VirginiaFoundationfortheHumanities,theSouthernAssociationfortheHis- tory of Medicine and Science, and the American Association for the History ofNursing,theauthorsinthisstudyassertthatregionalinteractionscanpro- vide insights into understanding national and global developments, while at thesametimecontributingtoamorediversehistoryofnursing.Weask:what is place and how can we better understand it as a concept of analysis? How can an understanding of place help nurses to begin to think about connec- tions between their work and local and regional histories? To what extent are particularhistoriesofnursingplacebased? As Martha Howell and Walter Prevenier assert today, “historians treat a much greater range of topics, and they do so by employing a much wider variety of theories and methods.” This change has occurred as historians have encounteredotherdisciplinesandhavetakentheir“tools,method,theory,and subject matter” to enhance understanding of their own areas of study.²

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Sep 19, 2019

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