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The challenge of leadership: ethnicity and gender among school leaders in England, Malaysia and Pakistan

The challenge of leadership: ethnicity and gender among school leaders in England, Malaysia and Pakistan
The challenge of leadership: ethnicity and gender among school leaders in England, Malaysia and Pakistan
Although women hold leadership positions in professional organisations, little attention has been paid to the experiences of women leaders other than middle- or upper-class white females. This chapter therefore explores - through narrative inquiries - the leadership experiences of nine black, minority ethnic and Muslim women principals in England, Malaysia and Pakistan. Whilst the notion of diversity is unpacked through the intersections of gender, race and cultural differences in three different education contexts within Western and Asian societies, the findings suggest that leadership experiences are influenced by cultural and racial norms, and gender did not favour women in their leadership pathway. This research paper contributes to the discussions about de-marginalising the leadership challenge from the eyes of whiteness. This study has the potential to fill in the knowledge gap in the female leadership domain from a cross-cultural context, while future directions for research are suggested.
95-119
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Showunmi, Victoria
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Kaparou, Maria
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Milller, Paul
Showunmi, Victoria
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Kaparou, Maria
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Milller, Paul

Showunmi, Victoria and Kaparou, Maria (2017) The challenge of leadership: ethnicity and gender among school leaders in England, Malaysia and Pakistan. In, Milller, Paul (ed.) Cultures of Educational Leadership. (Pulgrave Intercultural Studies in Education) London. Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 95-119. (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-58567-7_5).

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Although women hold leadership positions in professional organisations, little attention has been paid to the experiences of women leaders other than middle- or upper-class white females. This chapter therefore explores - through narrative inquiries - the leadership experiences of nine black, minority ethnic and Muslim women principals in England, Malaysia and Pakistan. Whilst the notion of diversity is unpacked through the intersections of gender, race and cultural differences in three different education contexts within Western and Asian societies, the findings suggest that leadership experiences are influenced by cultural and racial norms, and gender did not favour women in their leadership pathway. This research paper contributes to the discussions about de-marginalising the leadership challenge from the eyes of whiteness. This study has the potential to fill in the knowledge gap in the female leadership domain from a cross-cultural context, while future directions for research are suggested.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 3 December 2016
Published date: 2017

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/412306
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Author: Victoria Showunmi
Author: Maria Kaparou
Editor: Paul Milller

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