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Legitimation Code Theory (LCT) first emerged as a framework for the study of knowledge and education and is now being used to analyse a growing range of practices across diverse social fields, including education, law, politics, art, and public understanding of science.

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, publications from projects and PhD theses enacting these ideas in studies of a wide range of issues, and information on discussion groups, seminars and conferences.

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

Read reviews of Knowledge & Knowers on the Framework page.


Knowledge-building: Educational studies in Legitimation Code Theory
is available from Routledge



First International Legitimation Code Theory Conference (LCTC1) was held in June 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.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 November 2015 13:02