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Educational Leadership as a Culturally-Constructed Practice

New Directions and Possibilities, 1st Edition

Edited by Jane Wilkinson, Laurette Bristol


220 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This edited book collection disrupts received notions of educational leadership, culture and diversity as currently portrayed in practice and theory. It draws on compelling studies of educational leadership from the global north and south, as well as from a range of ethnic, religious and gendered perspectives and critical research approaches. In so doing, the book powerfully challenges contemporary leadership discourses of diversity that reproduce essentialising leadership practices, binary divisions and asymmetrical power relations. The various chapters contest and move beyond exhortations for leadership in increasingly diverse societies; revealing through their rich portraits of the hybridity of leadership practice, the shallowness of diversity discourses that are framed as something "we" (the culturally homogenous) leader do to (heterogenous) ‘others’.

The volume is more than critique. Instead it offers readers new directions and possibilities through which to understand, theorise and practise educational leadership in the twenty first century. In portraying leading as a "relational practice in contexts of cultural hybridity" (Blackmore, this volume), it extends critical theories for and of leadership practice, examining the intersectionality between leadership and a range of social categories, and challenging notions of leadership as a singular construct. Compelling research narratives reveal educational leadership practice as nuanced, temporal, site specific and prefigured by traditions and cultural understandings that reach beyond a simplification of educational leadership as understood through unitary lenses of race, gender or ethnicity.

This book is essential reading for academics and students of educational leadership and management, as well as administrators.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION (Jane Wilkinson and Laurette Bristol)

CHAPTER ONE: The Unexamined Constructions of Educational Leadership (Jane Wilkinson and Laurette Bristol)

CHAPTER TWO: Beyond Culture as Ethnicity: Interrogating the Empirical Sites for Leading Scholarship (Laurette Bristol and Jane Wilkinson)

CHAPTER THREE: The Role of Ethical Practices in Pursuing Socially Just Leadership (Amanda Keddie and Richard Niesche)

CHAPTER FOUR: ‘We’re Going to Call Our Kids “African Aussies”’: Leading for Diversity in Regional Australia (Jane Wilkinson)

CHAPTER FIVE: Is she in the Wrong Place? Exploring the Intersections of Gender, Religion, Culture and Leadership (Saeeda Shah)

CHAPTER SIX: Exploring the Successful School Leadership Literature in China (Quian Haiyan, Allan Walker and Li Jiacheng)

CHAPTER SEVEN: Indigenist Holistic Educational Leadership (Zane Ma Rhae)

CHAPTER EIGHT: Communicating Research: A Challenge of Context (Launcelot Brown, Laurette Bristol and Talia Esnard)

CHAPTER NINE: Practice Traditions of Researching Educational Leadership Across National Contexts (Jane Wilkinson, Karin Rönnerman. Laurette Bristol and Petri Salo)

CHAPTER TEN: Conduct Un/becoming: Discipline in the Context of Educational Leadership Research (Vonzell Agosto and Zorka Karanxha)

CHAPTER ELEVEN: Left Out: Gender and Feminism in the Educational Leadership Curriculum (Michelle D. Young, Catherine Marshall and Torrie Edwards)

CHAPTER TWELVE: Commentary: Leadership as a Relational Practice in Contexts of Cultural Hybridity (Jill Blackmore)

About the Editors

Jane Wilkinson is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in the Faculty of Education, Monash University and Associate Dean, Graduate Research.

Laurette Bristol is the Director-Academic Services at UWI School of Business and Applied Studies Ltd (UWI-ROYTEC-, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

Please send inquiries or proposals for this series to one of the following:

Will Bateman: [email protected] – Editor, UK and Rest of World

Elsbeth Wright: [email protected] – Editor, North & South America

Vilija Stephens: [email protected] – Editor, Australia & New Zealand

Katie Peace: [email protected] – Publisher, Asia


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Administration / General
EDUCATION / Leadership
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General