2nd Edition

Social Theory and Education Research Understanding Foucault, Habermas, Bourdieu and Derrida

Edited By Mark Murphy Copyright 2022
    290 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    290 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Social Theory and Education Research is an advanced and accessible text that illustrates the diverse ways in which social theories can be applied to educational research methodologies. It provides in-depth overviews of the various theories by well-known and much-debated thinkers – Michel Foucault, Jürgen Habermas, Pierre Bourdieu and Jacques Derrida – and their applications in educational research.

    Updated throughout and with new extended introductions to each theorist and a new chapter on the application of socio-theoretical concepts in education research methodologies and the how-to of research practice, this second edition assists education practitioners and researchers in their acquisition and application of social theory. This book contextualizes the various theories within the broader context of social philosophy and the historical development of different forms of thought.

    Social Theory and Education Research will be incredibly useful to postgraduate students and early career researchers who wish to develop their capacity to engage with these debates at an advanced level. It will also prove of great interest to anyone involved in education policy and theory.

    Part I: Introduction

    1. Social theory and education research: An introduction (Mark Murphy)
    2. Social theory and methodology in education research: From conceptualisation to operationalisation (Mark Murphy and Cristina Costa) 
    3. Part II: Foucault 

    4. Foucault and his acolytes: Discourse, power and ethics (Julie Allan)
    5. Retooling school surveillance research: Foucault and (post)panopticism (Andrew Hope)
    6. Using Foucault to examine issues of girls’ education in a religiously driven postcolonial-security state (Ali Sameer)
    7. Part III: Habermas

    8. Jürgen Habermas: Education’s increasingly recognized hero (Terence Lovat)
    9. Between the state and the street: Habermas and education governance (Mark Murphy)
    10. Applying Habermas’ theory of communicative action in an analysis of recognition of prior learning (Fredrik Sandberg)
    11. Part IV: Bourdieu

    12. Bourdieu and educational research: Thinking tools, relational thinking, beyond epistemological innocence (Shaun Rawolle and Bob Lingard)
    13. Research in Christian Academies: Perspectives from Bourdieu (Elizabeth Green)
    14. Bourdieu applied: Exploring perceived parental influence on adolescent students’ educational choices for studies in higher education (Irene Kleanthous)
    15. Part V: Derrida

    16. Derrida and educational research: An introduction (Jones Irwin)
    17. ‘Derrida applied’: Derrida meets Dracula in the geography classroom (Christine Winter)
    18. Engaging with student teachers on reflective writing: Reclaiming writing (Duncan Mercieca)


    Mark Murphy is Reader in Education and Public Policy at the University of Glasgow, UK.