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 institutional and national contexts, both within and beyond education.
LCT is a social realist approach that builds most directly on the ideas of Basil Bernstein and Pierre Bourdieu. It also integrates insights from sociology (including Durkheim, Marx, Weber and Foucault), systemic functional linguistics, philosophy (such as Karl Popper and critical realism), early cultural studies, anthropology (especially Mary Douglas and Ernest Gellner), and other approaches.
This website includes principal papers setting out key concepts of LCT and substantive projects using these ideas to explore a wide range of issues in empirical research, as well as useful information on discussion groups, seminars and conferences.
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