chapter  8
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Mobilizing Bourdieu to think anew about educational leadership research


Mobilizing the work of Pierre Bourdieu in my scholarship has led me to ask questions of the canons of my disciplinary space (educational leadership, management and administration) and pose serious methodological inquiry around the construction and ongoing maintenance of central research objects (e.g. leadership). Significantly, it has eroded the somewhat arbitrary division between theory and method and sustained a generative research programme concerned with the ongoing legitimation of the social world and its empirical manifestation in the organizing of education and educational labour. Engaging with, rather than necessarily overcoming, the methodological challenges in Bourdieu’s work provides the basis for a rigorous and robust social ‘science’.