A feminist critical perspective on educational leadership

Blackmore, Jill 2013, A feminist critical perspective on educational leadership, International Journal of Leadership in Education, vol. 16, no. 2, Special Issue: These disruptive times: Rethinking critical educational leadership as a tool for scholarship and practice in changing times, pp. 139-154.

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Title A feminist critical perspective on educational leadership
Author(s) Blackmore, Jill
Journal name International Journal of Leadership in Education
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Season Special Issue: These disruptive times: Rethinking critical educational leadership as a tool for scholarship and practice in changing times
Start page 139
End page 154
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication New York, NY
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1360-3124
1464-5092
Keyword(s) Leadership
Feminism
Critical theory
Summary Since the 1980s, there has been a burgeoning literature on women and educational leadership. The focus has primarily been on the underrepresentation of women in leadership informed by a feminist critique of the mainstream literature. Over time, key feminist theories and research have been appropriated in education policy and are now embedded in the mainstream literature, with little recognition of their provenance or political intent. This article identifies the discursive moves that have domesticated feminist research by depoliticizing and decontextualizing leadership and argues for refocusing the feminist gaze away from numerical representation of women in leadership to the social relations of gender and power locally, nationally and internationally. A feminist critical sociological perspective treats leadership as a conceptual lens through which to problematize the nature, purpose and capacities of educational systems and organizations to reform and indeed re-think their practices in more socially just ways. Feminist understandings provide substantive and normative alternatives to how we theorize and practice leadership.
Language eng
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio Economic Objective 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061595

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation
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