This book marks the first book-length treatment of the relational research program that I am advancing. Published by Sense, this book will be the focus of a Special Issue of Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations.
Significantly, this book introduces the five relational extensions that constitute the relational methodology:
- The centrality of “organizing” in the social world creates an ontological complicity in researchers (and others) that makes it difficult to epistemologically break from our spontaneous understanding of the social world;
- Rigorous (social) “scientific” scholarship would therefore call into question the very foundations on which contemporarily popular discourses of “leadership”, “management” and “administration” in education are constructed;
- The contemporary social condition cannot be separated from the ongoing, and inexhaustible, recasting of organizing;
- Studying organizing relationally enables the overcoming of the contemporary, and arguably enduring, tensions of individualism and collectivism, and structure and agency; and
- In doing so, there is a productive – rather than merely critical – space to theorize the organizing of education.
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