Integrating the Sociocultural and the Sociopolitical in Mathematics Education

  • Murad Jurdak
Part of the ICME-13 Monographs book series (ICME13Mo)


The purpose of this chapter is to seek an integration of the sociocultural and sociopolitical perspectives in mathematics education by integrating a locally attuned version of Bourdieu’s field theory (Ferrare & Apple in Camb J Educ 45(1):43-59, 2015) and activity system (Engeström in Learning by expanding: an activity-theoretical approach to developmental research. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015) to disrupt the separate development of the two perspectives. I combine the two theories using modular integration. Next, the chapter discusses the implications of this integration to mathematics education research, practice, and policies. I conclude with a personal narrative on my theoretical journey to sociopolitical mathematics education.


Activity theory Bourdieu field theory Mathematics education Sociocultural Sociopolitical Integration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American University of BeirutBeirutLebanon

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