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ERIC Number: ED431225
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 18
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Combining Cultural and Political Perspectives on Educational Administration: The Best or Worst of Both Conceptual Worlds?
Wallace, Mike
This paper advocates combining two commonly employed perspectives--the cultural and the political--to overcome the limitations of using either perspective alone to explain and evaluate interactions within educational-administration settings. The mix of concepts adopted within cultural or political perspectives varies, which leads to differing approaches to the problem. The article uses the two perspectives to capitalize on the insights that each perspective can bring, thus avoiding the narrowness of focus inherent in a singular perspective. It discusses the nature of the cultural and the political as metaphors and outlines alternative strategies for combining them. The paper then turns to examples of school management that are critically reviewed from either the cultural or the political perspective. Key concepts incorporated in the proposed dual perspective are defined, followed by case studies in which the perspectives are used to analyze two interactions, one harmonious and one conflictual. Finally, the advantages and drawbacks of the strategy for combining perspectives are reviewed, and the wider applicability of the dual perspective is briefly considered. These applications demonstrate how the combined perspective can be used to unpack the relationship between culture and power while avoiding simplistic assumptions about consensual or conflictual bases of interaction. Contains 21 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United States