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

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posted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by Amanda KeddieAmanda Keddie, R Niesche
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.

History

Journal

Critical studies in education

Volume

53

Pagination

169-182

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1750-8487

eISSN

1750-8495

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal, C Journal article

Copyright notice

2012, Taylor & Francis

Issue

2

Publisher

Taylor & Francis