The premise for this series is very simple – that social theory can help us make sense of many aspects of contemporary education by providing analytic concepts and insights. Social theories provide educational researchers with tools for analysis – ways of making sense of the processes, effects and outcomes of educational experiences and institutions.
Neoliberalism and Education
Globalisation and Education
Critical Race Theory in Education
Nancy Fraser, Social Justice and Education
Bourdieu and Education
Judith Butler and Education
Marxisms and Education
Revisiting Actor-Network Theory in Education
Foucault and Education Putting Theory to Work
By Bronwen M.A. Jones, Stephen Ball
April 04, 2023
The ongoing neoliberalisation of education is complex, varied and relentless. It involves increasingly diverse material and structural changes to curriculum, pedagogy and assessment and at the same time transforms how we are made up as educational subjects. It rearticulates what it means to be ...
By Parlo Singh
October 14, 2019
Over a career spanning forty years, Basil Bernstein produced theoretical models about the workings of educational systems, and how these systems produce social relations of inequality. He was considered by many to be a radical scholar whose work generated enormous controversies. One such ...
By Bob Lingard
July 10, 2020
This collection focuses on education policy in the context of globalisation and draws together influential research dealing with the interplay between education policy and globalisation. Globalisation and neo-liberalism in relation to education policy are addressed, as is the impact of the global ...
By Laurence Parker, David Gillborn
March 31, 2020
Critical Race Theory (CRT) is an international movement of scholars working across multiple disciplines; some of the most dynamic and challenging CRT takes place in Education. This collection brings together some of the most exciting and influential CRT in Education. CRT scholars examine the ...
By Carol Vincent
May 29, 2019
The American scholar and activist Nancy Fraser has written about a wide range of issues in social and political theory, and is well-known for her philosophical perspectives on democratic theory and on feminist theory. Her work on justice and identity politics has been particularly widely cited, and...
By Diane Reay
September 17, 2018
Specially selected by Diane Reay, this is a collection of innovative and thought-provoking recently published papers that 'use' Bourdieu to put theory into practice in order to understand and analyse educational problems. Bourdieu's work is renowned for its focus on inequalities and its centering ...
By Jessica Ringrose, Katie Warfield, Shiva Zarabadi
September 17, 2018
This edited collection is a careful assemblage of papers that have contributed to the maturing field within education studies that works with the feminist implications of the theories and methodologies of posthumanism and new materialism – what we have also called elsewhere ‘PhEmaterialism’. The ...
By Claudia Lapping
September 10, 2018
All areas of education policy and practice are driven by unconscious investments in ignorance, or idealised images of transformation of the individual, society and economy. The promise of fulfilment and associated threats of disappointment or destruction tend to dominate conscious accounts of ...
By Deborah Youdell
October 12, 2018
The work of Judith Butler has been at the forefront of both theorising the subject as a product of power and explicating possibilities for political alliances and action that are available to such subjects. Mobilising a range of philosophical resources from Hegel and Foucault to Lacan, Levinas ...
By Noah De Lissovoy
January 08, 2018
Beginning from the premise that a range of Marxist theoretical tendencies, or Marxisms, inform recent critical scholarship in education, this volume reaffirms, rearticulates, and interrogates central philosophical and practical commitments in this tradition. Chapters engage important issues ...
By Tara Fenwick, Richard Edwards
March 22, 2019
Actor-network theory (ANT) is enjoying a notable surge of interest in educational research. New directions and questions are emerging along with new empirical approaches, as educators bring unique sensibilities and commitments to the ongoing debates and reconfigurations that characterise ...
By Stephen Ball
March 22, 2019
Specially selected by Stephen Ball, this is a collection of the best and most interesting recently published papers that ‘use’ Foucault to analyse, destablise and re-claim educational ‘problems’. Arguably the best known social theorist in the western world, Foucault’s work is now widely used by ...