The Epistemology of Violence

Understanding the Root Causes of Violence in Schooling

  • Beth M. Titchiner

Part of the Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice book series (CPTRP)

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About this book


This book provides an in-depth, multidisciplinary framework and case-study analysis for understanding the root causes of violence in schooling. Drawing on critical theory, psychology, neuroscience and learning theory, the author provides a holistic analysis of how ‘violent epistemology’ and the ‘non-conducive circumstances’ that it produces can be seen to be at the roots of violence in societies and social institutions such as schools. Chapter 1 outlines how current and historical theories of violence, and interventions based on them, have failed due to their inability to properly conceptualise the root causes of violence. Chapters 2 addresses this by providing a new epistemic and methodological framework for studying violence. Chapters 3 and 4 then demonstrate how violence can be best conceptualised as a problem of specifically ‘violent’ epistemology and the ‘non-conducive social circumstances’ that it fosters. Chapters 5-7 demonstrate in practice how violent epistemology results in multiple manifestations of violence at the global, national, local, and ultimately classroom level. Chapter 8 concludes the book by presenting an early conceptualisation of ‘non-violent’ epistemology, and what fostering this might look like in practice.


Violence Epistemology Education School Brazil Pedagogy radical pedagogy critical theory critical social theory educational psychology freire neuroscience learning theory classroom history philosophy sociology alternative education social justice social movement

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  • Beth M. Titchiner
    • 1
  1. 1.NorwichUK

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