About Associate Professor Karl Maton

Research interests include: questions of knowledge, education and society, including all aspects of higher education, the knowledge society, disciplinary knowledge, schooling, educational technology, epistemology, and intellectual history.

Karl has published extensively in sociology, cultural studies, education, linguistics and philosophy. He is the principal author of Legitimation Code Theory (LCT), which integrates insights from Pierre Bourdieu, Basil Bernstein and critical realist philosophy. LCT is now being widely used by PhD students and scholars in Australia, China, France, South Africa, Ireland and elsewhere for studies in sociology, education, linguistics and philosophy. Karl recently co-edited Social Realism, Knowledge and the Sociology of Education: Coalitions of the mind (2010, Continuum) and Disciplinarity: Systemic functional and sociological perspectives (2011, Continuum). Karl’s book, Knowledge and Knowers: Towards a realist sociology of education, and a primer of research studies using LCT, Knowledge-building: Educational studies in Legitimation Code Theory, are being published by Routledge.  Karl is Elected Professor at University of Provence (France), and Visiting Professor at Rhodes University (South Africa).

For more information on the many research projects, PhDs, research networks, meetings, an lectures series in the approach created by Dr Maton, see Legitimation Code Theory (LCT).

Karl is particularly looking for PhD students to explore all aspects of education, knowledge, social theory, disciplinarity, educational linguistics, and intellectual change. In addition, get in touch if you are interested in the following:

  • visual imagery in academic research - how different fields use different diagrams and figures to visualise their ideas, and the effects of these on knowledge-building
  • the educational biography of British cultural studies - analysing a unique archive (possessed by Dr Maton) of the first ever undergraduate degree in cultural studies

Selected publications

For a complete profile and list of publications go here.