Publics in education: Thinking with Gunter on plurality, democracy and local reasoning

Wilkins, Andrew. 2023. Publics in education: Thinking with Gunter on plurality, democracy and local reasoning. In: Tanya Fitzgerald and Steven, J. Courtney, eds. Critical education policy and leadership studies: The intellectual contributions of Helen M. Gunter. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature, pp. 113-126. ISBN 97830031368004 [Book Section]

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In this chapter I reflect on the intellectual legacy of Helen M. Gunter, with a specific focus that recognises and celebrates the contribution of Helen M. Gunter to debates about publics and democracy in education. Here I engage with some of Helen M. Gunter’s major works on educational leadership, consultancy and governance, among other areas of research, to think about the significance of publics as a vantage point through which to represent and understand the changing structures and cultures of education. This includes drawing on a range of literatures to chart the messy terrain through which concepts of the public (and private) are struggled over and contested from the perspective of different epistemologies and analytical traditions. Through mapping the various points of contention and agreement shaping the relationship between these literatures, this chapter locates Helen M. Gunter’s intellectual work within a wider set of political and emancipatory traditions, principally those inspired by post-Marxism and poststructuralism and aimed at the development of human liberation through freedom from tyranny. This chapter acknowledges the significance of Helen M. Gunter to thinking about the possibilities of publics as historical, political and discursive resources for reimagining education for democracy and inclusion.

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Publics; privatisation; leadership; governance; policy

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Educational Studies


December 2023Accepted
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