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Leadership Discourse at the Border: Understanding Policy, Place, and Power in Practice
by Carter, Robin E.S., Ph.D., Alvernia University, 2021, 264; 28410047
Abstract (Summary)

Outside the leadership discipline, growing scholarship has highlighted meaningful connections between place, space, identity, belonging, sustainability, social justice, and community in general as well as the geopolitical, specifically the increasing border phenomenon. Within leadership, despite these advancements having direct relevance where people live, work, and learn, community leadership scholarship rarely considers this knowledge. Yet leadership, through policymaking, discourse, and management constructs social and material borders, thus a primary contributor to the now polarized ‘us versus them’ landscape. Border and leadership knowledge can be brought together as a transdisciplinary framework for community leadership scholarship as a more humanitarian approach to local governance with global reach. By incorporating literature of the sociospatial and geopolitical as well as theoretical perspectives of border theories, critical social theory, and established and emergent leadership theories, the study historically and comparatively framed inadequate, slow-paced leadership development as compared to prevailing reality. This literature exposed inadequacies of accepted leadership styles that contribute to bordering which addressed salient ethical and political concerns such as spatial reordering, feelings of belonging and alienation as identity, connections of preservation transformation and sustainability, social injustice, and othering. Through a five-year, local scale fence debate in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania it was uncovered that leadership that embraced necessary place narrative, limited power to maintain an inclusive community and lost the border debate while opposing leadership that leveraged policy, historically supported by traditional, dominant leadership practice, gained the power to divide. This persistent, translocal exercise of vertical leadership performance and the reliance of 1980s transformational leadership strategies glosses over problematic realities of the twenty-first century. Using critical discourse analysis and the thematic coding of 318 public documents, four themes emerged from which nine findings and seven recommendations were drawn regarding one of the most debated issues of neoglobalization. The research concluded that a leadership border behavior theory can better address the dismantling of border imperialism for which leadership is responsible.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tiglioglu, Tufan
Commitee: Sholtz, A. Janae, Godfrey, Kevin, Sprow, Alicia H.
School: Alvernia University
Department: Leadership
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 82/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Public policy, Sociolinguistics, Sustainability
Keywords: National border, Leadership discourse, Geopolitical policy, Human geography, Leadership
Publication Number: 28410047
ISBN: 9798597063119
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