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Legitimation Code Theory (LCT) emerged as a framework for the study of knowledge and education and is now being used to analyse a growing range of social and cultural practices across increasingly different contexts, both within and beyond education.

LCT builds most explicitly on the ideas of Basil Bernstein and Pierre Bourdieu but integrates insights from a range of sociological theories, as well as from systemic functional linguistics, philosophy, literary criticism, physics, cultural studies, anthropology, and other disciplines.

This website includes papers setting out key concepts of LCT and publications from substantive projects and PhD theses enacting these ideas in studies of a wide range of issues, as well as useful information on discussion groups, seminars, and conferences.

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The First International Legitimation Code Theory Colloquium (LCTC1) was held on June 17-19, 2015, in Cape Town, South Africa. Download the full book of abstracts here.

Visit website for more details: CONFERENCE WEBSITE

Hear the Opening Address by Karl Maton here, with slides here.


Karl Maton's Knowledge and Knowers is available in paperback at Routledge.

Read reviews of Knowledge & Knowers on the Framework page.

Maton et al (eds) Knowledge-building: Educational studies in Legitimation Code Theory
is available from Routledge (20% discount with code IRK69)

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 September 2015 16:46