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Niesche, R. (2022). The Archaeology of Educational Leadership as an Enunciative Field. In: English, F.W. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Educational Leadership and Management Discourse. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

This chapter explores the notions of archaeology and discourse as central aspects of Michel Foucault’s method and considers how these concepts can be used to explore educational leadership. The work of Foucault has been increasingly used to understand and interrogate a number of issues related to educational leadership. However, there has been less writing “using” his approaches rather than simply applying some of his concepts. This chapter considers how one might go about drawing on Foucault’s methods to educational leadership so that a number of overlooked and hidden assumptions of leadership can be critically interrogated and new and genuinely different approaches can be developed for theory building in the field. The power of Foucault’s discourse, it is argued, lies less in the application of his concepts but rather in the methodology to his archival writing and research that can provide new insights and understandings of knowledge formation in the field of educational leadership.

Educational leadership, Archaeology, Discourse, Michel Foucault

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