The rules of the game: Women and the leaderist turn in higher education

Morley, Louise (2013) The rules of the game: Women and the leaderist turn in higher education. Gender and Education, 25 (1). pp. 116-131. ISSN 0954-0253

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Abstract

This paper engages with Diana Leonard's writing on how gender is constituted in the academy. It offers an international review of feminist knowledge on how gender and power interact with leadership in higher education. It interrogates the ‘leaderist turn’ or how leadership has developed into a popular descriptor and a dominant social and organisational technology in academia. It considers some of the explanatory frameworks that have been marshalled to analyse women's leadership aspirations and absences. In doing so, it attempts to unmask the ‘rules of the game’ that lurk beneath the surface rationality of academic meritocracy. It also poses questions about the relentless misrecognition of women's leadership capacities and suggests the need for an expanded lexicon of leadership with which to move into the university of the future.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: leadership identities, mis-recognition, women's absences, feminist redistribution of knowledge
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC0065 Social aspects of education
Depositing User: Pascale Fanning-Tichborne
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2012 10:29
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2013 14:13
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/42920
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