Embodying women's leadership

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This paper utilises Pierre Bourdieu's concepts of bodily hexis and habitus to explore the interrelationship between gender, class and ethnicity in the construction of a sense of identity amongst Australian female educational leaders.
In particular, it focuses on one of the key themes which arose from interviews conducted in 2000 with a group of tertiary women leaders from a range of class and ethnic backgrounds - the way in which the women were positioned as embodied individuals - that is, women first and leaders second. It explores the differing strategies the women adopted to accommodate, resist and at times, potentially disrupt, this construction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the AARE 2002 International Educational Research Conference
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralian Association for Research in Education
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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