Troubling Women: Feminism, Leadership and Educational Change

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Feminism as a social movement has historically been a force for educational change. However, in this book Jill Blackmore argues that the particular approaches taken by feminist theory towards educational leadership now require reviewing in the light of the radical restructuring of educational systems. This is because new forms of managerialism, while seemingly sympathetic to so called 'female styles of leadership', have produced a value shift which is troubling for many (but not all) women in leadership. The book...
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Overview

Feminism as a social movement has historically been a force for educational change. However, in this book Jill Blackmore argues that the particular approaches taken by feminist theory towards educational leadership now require reviewing in the light of the radical restructuring of educational systems. This is because new forms of managerialism, while seemingly sympathetic to so called 'female styles of leadership', have produced a value shift which is troubling for many (but not all) women in leadership. The book provides an historical overview of educational management and the 'masculinist' models embedded in leadership and organizational processes, an analysis of equal opportunities policies and their different strategic approaches and effects, new research on how educational restructuring has produced specific dilemmas for women in educational leadership, and finally offers a series of issues and principles which are premised upon centralized decentralization and market liberalism. Situated in Australia, the book will be of interest to both educational practitioners and policymakers as well as postgraduate students and academics in the field of administration, management and policy in all education systems.
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Blackmore (School of Social and Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Education, Deakin U., Australia) provides a historical overview of educational management and the "masculinist" models embedded in leadership and organizational processes, as well as analyzing equal opportunity policies, and presenting new research on how educational restructuring has produced specific dilemmas for women in educational leadership. In her conclusion, she proposes a feminist politics of educational leadership for postmodern times. While focusing on Australia, this volume is of likely interest to both educational practitioners and policymakers, as well as postgraduate students in the fields of educational administration, management, and policy. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335194797
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Series: Feminist Educational Thinking Series
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Series editors' preface
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: troubling women - new leaders for new hard times? 1
Pt. I Disciplinary technologies 21
1 The gendering of educational work 23
2 Power/knowledge at work in educational administration 43
3 Gendered lives: becoming educators, feminists and leaders 62
Pt. II Disruptive voices 85
4 Gender equity policy in the 1990s: a moment of disjuncture? 87
5 Working inside a system not of your own making 107
6 Fixing the feminist gaze upon masculinity 128
Pt. III Risky business 147
7 Doing emotional management work: gender, markets and self-managing schools 149
8 Embodied authority: the disciplined but disruptive body of powerful women 170
9 Dealing with difference 187
Conclusion: a feminist postmasculinist politics of educational leadership 204
References 223
Index 237
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