Performativity and identity: mechanisms of exclusion

Lumby, Jacky (2009) Performativity and identity: mechanisms of exclusion. Journal of Education Policy., 24, (3), 353-369. (doi:10.1080/02680930802669284).


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National policy discourses imply rational and positive pathways to greater equality and inclusion for public sector workers, including those in education. However, radical feminist and critical race theory suggests that whatever measures are undertaken to disassemble systems which impact negatively on those who are minority or excluded, systems which sustain current inequalities are likely to be synchronously constructed. Analysis of the UK performativity environment has variously identified a range of intended and unintended effects. The mechanisms by which performativity may impact on the inclusion or exclusion of diverse staff in leadership have not been widely explored empirically. This paper draws on data from five case studies of further education colleges. It interrogates the data to explore how the performativity culture relates to the multiple identities of leaders at various levels of hierarchy within the organisation. It concludes that while previous commentaries may have correctly discerned a relationship between managerialism and a centralisation of power to men and to senior leaders, they may have inadequately considered the complex impact of changes in public management culture on deeper power structures within organisations, including not only gender, but also socio-economic class, ethnicity and disability amongst others.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/02680930802669284
ISSNs: 0268-0939 (print)
1464-5106 (electronic)
Keywords: equity, social justice, inclusion, performativity, diversity, race, further education, leadership
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness
ePrint ID: 65712
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
May 2009Published
April 2008Submitted
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:51

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