Social, Critical and Political Theories for Educational Leadership

  • Richard Niesche
  • Christina Gowlett

Part of the Educational Leadership Theory book series (ELT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Richard Niesche, Christina Gowlett
    Pages 17-34
  3. Richard Niesche, Christina Gowlett
    Pages 35-60
  4. Richard Niesche, Christina Gowlett
    Pages 61-84
  5. Richard Niesche, Christina Gowlett
    Pages 111-134
  6. Richard Niesche, Christina Gowlett
    Pages 135-142

About this book


​This book makes the case for the continued and expanded use of social, critical and political theories in the field of educational leadership. It helps readers understand educational leadership by introducing them to a wide variety of theoretical and philosophical approaches and positions. The book incorporates a rich blend of ideas and concepts, and compares and contrasts the approaches discussed.

The content largely focuses on four educational thinkers: Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Bernard Stiegler and Karen Barad. The chapters do not cover each thinker’s oeuvre exhaustively, but instead provide a brief overview of his/her ideas, while also helping readers understand a particular aspect of the educational leadership discourse. Each chapter also provides supplementary reading recommendations for those interested in pursuing these ideas in more depth.


education theory and philosophy post-structuralism queer theory social theories in educational leadership critical theories in educational leadership political theories in educational leadership equality in educational leadership Michel Foucault Judith Butler Jacques Ranciere Karen Barad Bernard Stiegler

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard Niesche
    • 1
  • Christina Gowlett
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-8240-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-8241-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2510-1781
  • Series Online ISSN 2510-179X
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