An Exercise in Tempered Radicalism

Seeking the Intersectionality of Gender, Race, and Sexual Identity in Educational Leadership Research

Authored by: Karen M. Jackson , Chia-Chee Chiu , Rosita Lopez , Juanita M. Cleaver Simmons , Linda Skrla , Linda Sue Warner

Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Equity and Diversity

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415657457
eBook ISBN: 9780203076934
Adobe ISBN: 9781135128432


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This chapter takes on a formidable task; it tackles three separate yet intertwined aspects of personal and group identity as they intersect with research and theory in school leadership. Within the literature on school leadership, issues of gender, race and ethnicity, and sexual identity are typically addressed separately. Yet every individual is positioned somewhere along the gender, race, and sexual identity continuum. An emerging literature base in school leadership seeks to illuminate the intersection of (typically) two identity components, such as gender and race or gender and sexual orientation, but rarely race and sexual orientation, let alone all three together.

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