Education, Social Justice and the Legacy of Deakin University

Reflections of the Deakin Diaspora

  • Richard Tinning
  • Richard Tinning
  • Karen Sirna

Part of the Transgressions: Cultural Studies and Education book series (TRANS, volume 76)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Bill Green
    Pages 53-64
  3. Colin Henry
    Pages 65-75
  4. Stephen Kemmis
    Pages 77-91
  5. Jane Kenway
    Pages 93-103
  6. Jo-Anne Reid
    Pages 135-143
  7. Fazal Rizvi, Fazal Rizvi
    Pages 145-156
  8. John Smyth
    Pages 173-185
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 193-196

About this book


The late Joe Kincheloe once wrote that ‘... the amazing Deakin Mafia provided innovative and unprecedented critical scholarship on education for a few short years’. Informed by various theoretical perspectives (eg., critical theory, neo-Marxist, poststructuralist, postcolonial, feminist, critical literacy, Bourdieuian, Foucauldian) key Deakin University scholars pursued their commitments to social justice though education. A certain criticality characterised their work. Individually and collectively they created a national and international reputation for critical scholarship in education. Since that time (the 1980s and 90s), however, most of the Deakin ‘mafia’ have moved to senior academic posts elsewhere in Australian and internationally and their influence in educational research and discourse now continues as members of the ‘Deakin diaspora’. This collection is an account of the stories of many of these scholars. It will provide valuable reading for any scholar of education who is particularly interested in critical pedagogy and the critical project in education more generally. It also provides insights into what makes a faculty of education successful at a particular point in time.

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard Tinning
    • 1
  • Richard Tinning
    • 2
  • Karen Sirna
    • 3
  1. 1.The University of QueenslandAustralia
  2. 2.The University of AucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.Douglas CollegeCanada

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