Critical Realism

New Titles and Key Backlist 2012


Part of Routledge Sociology, the Critical Realism list is dedicated to publishing classic and cutting-edge titles that explore the implications of the critical realist philosophy across a wide range of fields and disciplines.


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Critical Realism & Education

This series brings together interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical research exploring and developing critical realist approaches to all aspects of education, ranging from analyses of the curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to the place of higher education in the neo-liberal order. It has so far published books by Lisa Wheelahan, Brad Shipway, David Scott and Chris Sarra, with books by Ron Barnett, Karl Maton and Andrew Wright, among others, in the pipeline.

  1. Knowledge and Knowers

    Towards a realist sociology of education

    By Karl Maton

    We live in ‘knowledge societies’ and work in ‘knowledge economies’, but accounts of social change treat knowledge as homogeneous and neutral. While knowledge should be central to educational research, it focuses on processes of knowing and condemns studies of knowledge as essentialist. This book...

    Published August 14th 2013 by Routledge

  2. Imagining the University

    By Ronald Barnett

    Series: New Studies in Critical Realism and Education (Routledge Critical Realism)

    Around the world, what it is to be a university is a matter of much debate. The range of ideas of the university in public circulation is, however, exceedingly narrow and is dominated by the idea of the entrepreneurial university. As a consequence, the debate is hopelessly impoverished. Lurking in...

    Published December 11th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Why Knowledge Matters in Curriculum

    A Social Realist Argument

    By Leesa Wheelahan

    Series: New Studies in Critical Realism and Education (Routledge Critical Realism)

    What should we teach in our schools and vocational education and higher education institutions? Is theoretical knowledge still important? This book argues that providing students with access to knowledge should be the raison d’être of education. Its premise is that access to knowledge is an issue...

    Published January 9th 2012 by Routledge

  4. Strong and Smart – Towards a Pedagogy for Emancipation

    Education for First Peoples

    By Chris Sarra

    Series: New Studies in Critical Realism and Education (Routledge Critical Realism)

    Strong and Smart – Towards a Pedagogy for Emancipation tells the story of how Dr Chris Sarra overcame low expectations for his future to become an educator who has sought to change the tide of low expectations for other Indigenous students. The book draws upon Roy Bhaskar’s theory of Critical...

    Published June 8th 2011 by Routledge

  5. Education, Epistemology and Critical Realism

    By David Scott

    Series: New Studies in Critical Realism and Education (Routledge Critical Realism)

    This book addresses fundamental questions in relation to education and its epistemology. The position taken by the author is critical realist; and thus throughout the relationship between education and critical realism is foregrounded. Themes and issues that surface at different times in...

    Published October 20th 2010 by Routledge

  6. A Critical Realist Perspective of Education

    By Brad Shipway

    Series: New Studies in Critical Realism and Education (Routledge Critical Realism)

    This book clearly and comprehensively explores the capability of critical realism to throw new light on educational theory. It firstly investigates the convergence and divergence between two forms of critical realism, which have not previously been cross-examined. This task allows the book to...

    Published July 13th 2010 by Routledge