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‘It’s almost like a White school now’: racialised complexities, Indigenous representation and school leadership

Keddie, Amanda and Niesche, Richard 2012, ‘It’s almost like a White school now’: racialised complexities, Indigenous representation and school leadership, Critical studies in education, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 169-182, doi: 10.1080/17508487.2012.672330.

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Title ‘It’s almost like a White school now’: racialised complexities, Indigenous representation and school leadership
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-0615
Niesche, Richard
Journal name Critical studies in education
Volume number 53
Issue number 2
Start page 169
End page 182
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1750-8487
1750-8495
Keyword(s) educational leadership and management
inclusive education
Indigenous issues
inequality/ social exclusion in education
race
Summary Drawing on a broader study that focused on examining principal leadership for equity and diversity, this paper presents the leadership experiences of ‘Jane’, a White, middle-class principal of a rural Indigenous school. The paper highlights how Jane's leadership is inextricably shaped by her assumptions about race and the political dynamics and historical specificities of her school community. A central focus is on Jane's tendency to deploy culturally reductionist understandings of Indigeneity that position it as incompatible or incommensurable with White culture/western schooling. The paper argues the central imperative of a leadership that rejects these understandings and engages in a critical situational analysis of Indigenous politics, relations and experience. Such an analysis is presented as imperative to supporting representative justice in that it moves beyond merely according a voice to Indigenous people to a focus on better understanding, problematising and remedying the racial relations that contribute to Indigenous oppression.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17508487.2012.672330
Field of Research 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
1301 Education Systems
1608 Sociology
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 939903 Equity and Access to Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30087466

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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