Generative Possibilities

  • Chris Dolan
Part of the Educational Leadership Theory book series (ELT)


In Paradox and the School Leader, I have taken the constitution of principals under conditions of neoliberal governmentality to be fixed by the ontology, epistemology and practice of principal subjectivity. I have, subsequently, asserted that this subjectivity, when understood as a variegated process of neoliberalisation, becomes the site of a political struggle for the soul of the principal. Obscured by the rationalist truth claims of positivist accounts of school leadership and carried out in a predetermined field of power relations, the current rendition of this struggle has been revealed as asymmetric in its formulation – pushed to the margins by the portentous public demands that policy makes for performative acquiescence in principal practice. In turn, this acquiescence has been shown to stand over and against diffused points of agonism and possibilities held in principal self-reflection and caucusing of the like-minded.


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  • Chris Dolan
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  1. 1.University of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

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