The SAGE Handbook of School Organization presents a substantial review of the history, current status and future prospects of the field of school organization. Bringing together chapters exploring key issues, important debates and points of tension, the Handbook highlights the dynamics and interplay of the political, social, historical and cultural contexts of the field. This volume is designed to provide a much-needed critically informed and coherent account of the field, against a backdrop of increasing complexity in which schooling as an institution and schools as organizations operate. Part I: Schools as organizations; Part II: The leadership, management and governance of schools as organizations; Part III: Theoretical perspectives on schools as organizations; Part IV: Organizing in schools; and Part V: Researching schools as organizations.
Chapter 20: Queer Theory Perspectives on Schools as Organizations
[Page 340]Queer theory is a form of intellectual tumbleweed, drifting unevenly and taking root within an array of academic disciplines including those where one might not expect to encounter it. (Rumens, 2016, p. 114)
Queer theory has been deployed as a tool for many purposes and has been quite useful in the field of organizational studies. And while theorists vary in their emphases depending on specific contexts, there are similar ways queer theory is presented in the literature.
For example, a common concern among queer theorists is their commitment to what is referred to as anti-binary. This specific tenet of queering organizational theory emerged because earlier feminist ...