Mathematics Education and Subjectivity

Cultures and Cultural Renewal

  • Tony Brown

Part of the Mathematics Education Library book series (MELI, volume 51)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Some Cultural Contexts of Mathematical Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-8
    2. Tony Brown
      Pages 1-6
  3. Some Cultural Contexts of Mathematical Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-8
    2. Tony Brown
      Pages 9-51
    3. Tony Brown
      Pages 53-61
    4. Tony Brown
      Pages 63-82
  4. Cultural Renewal in Mathematical Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-104
    2. Tony Brown
      Pages 191-195
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 197-216

About this book


This book rethinks mathematical teaching and learning with view to changing them to meet or resist emerging demands. Through considering how teachers, students and researchers make sense of their worlds, the book explores how some linguistic and socio-cultural locations link to prevalent conceptions of mathematics education. The locations include classroom mathematics, spatial awareness, media images of mathematics, curriculum development, teacher education and mathematics education research itself. The book introduces cutting edge theories of subjectivity that trouble more familiar psychological theories of “humans” apprehending mathematical “concepts”. Rather, it suggests that our senses of self and of mathematics result from self-reflections within the various localities in which we live. In foregrounding subjectivity the book shows how mathematics can provoke alternative ways of thinking towards enlivening our transformative capacities. Learning itself is depicted as participation in cultural renewal, where the very mathematics encountered is becoming something new. Addressing teachers, teacher educators and researchers, the book invites the reader to contemplate alternative trajectories of change into fresh ways of being.


Education Mathematical Education Mathematics Education Research Performative Mathematics Subjectivity

Authors and affiliations

  • Tony Brown
    • 1
  1. 1.Ctr for Mathematics and EducationManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchester, DidsburyUnited Kingdom

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