Our approach makes transparent the ethical work that leaders in these contexts conduct on themselves towards creating schools that can address the equity challenges of the present climate. It illuminates and enables critical analysis of the moral imperatives shaping the equity work of school leaders and, in particular, the possibilities for transformative leadership that can work to create schools and school systems that are more socially just.
Overall, the book’s key aims are to:
Provide an innovative and comprehensive theorising of leadership for social justice in contemporary times;
Explicate the utility of key elements of Foucault’s theorising of the ethical self to the domain of educational leadership; and
Provide significant practical insight into the social justice possibilities of school leadership in contemporary times through two in depth case studies
Key features of the book:provides a well theorised analysis of leadership practices acknowledges the messy reality of life for school principals provides key insights to the ‘real’ work that principals undertake every day examines the production of principals’ subjectivities in education, foregrounding issues of gender and race includes the principals’ voices through rich interview data.
The book will be of significant interest to principals and those working and researching in educational leadership, including researchers in the field and academics who teach into educational leadership and administration courses. The book will also be of great interest to those working with the ideas of Foucault in education.