Embodying women's leadership

Year: 2002

Author: Wilkinson, Jane

Type of paper: Refereed paper

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.