chapter  9
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Critical Theory and School Leadership: Jerry D. Johnson

Critical theory differs from the other theories in this book because it is an ex.. plicit theory of resistance to the neo ..liberal ordering of economic and cultural life, particularly in Europe and the United States. It's concerned with class, and it offers perspectives different from those of cultural leadership and feminism. Skin color and sex are givens, whereas class structure, presumably, is perhaps more easily changeable and more widely contestable, at least on the view of much critical theory and its Marxist and neo ..Marxian ancestors. The ERIC Thesaurus defines "critical theory" as follows:

Social class is the fundamental concept behind critical theory-the one that generates much of its interest, analysis, and forcefulness. Class, in this theoreti.. cal tradition, has to do with the distribution ofwealth and not with social status.