Bringing ideas to life


  • Analysing knowledge and power in classrooms

    By Anna Danielsson and Heather Mendick How can we explore how power operates in classrooms, looking at the power teachers hold through their social position alongside the flows of power between different actors? How can we understand how knowledge is intertwined with

  • Dramatic encounters: My methodological engagement with Foucault [PART 2]

    This carries on from the previous blog post that explored policy reception in terms of decentralised neoliberalism and/or masked re-centralisation. Part 2 will now demonstrate borrowing from Foucault’s notions of discourse and governmentality. A taste of the methodology … and unconventional mode

  • Olympians v the rest: Applying social theory to sport inequality

    By Joan Forbes and Gaby Weiner Published ahead of the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, a survey by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills in England: Going the Extra Mile: Excellence in competitive school sport reported that two-thirds of

  • What’s Marx got to do with it?

    Well in terms of modern social theory, quite a lot it seems. I made this point in my recent edited collection Social theory and education research, when talking about his influence on Bourdieu, Habermas, Derrida and Foucault. Yes, the influence is variable

  • Digital nativism and online youth: separating fact from fiction

    I’m new to blogging. Mainly because I don’t have a readership that justifies the time, I’ve been reluctant to blog. However, I realise that, unshackled from the constraints of academic writing blogging could be a liberating experience. I’ll begin by unpacking the