A double-bind? Taking new materialisms elsewhere in studies of education and childhood

Peter Kraftl*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)
223 Downloads (Pure)


This article outlines and critically reflects upon four tensions – framed as “double-binds’ – in new materialist scholarship on childhood and education. Firstly, I tackle arguments about data and the role of the researcher in studies of education, which I reframe as a question of intentionality. Secondly, I critically consider debates about the agency and voice of nonhuman matter and a problematic Anthropomorphism that is (rather ambiguously) often entrained therein. Thirdly, I explore what advances in (and critiques of) new materialist approaches mean for a range of pressing global debates affecting children and especially education. Finally, I examine the potential role that interdisciplinarity might play in taking new materialisms elsewhere than debates about researcher/nonhuman agency/intentionality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-38
Number of pages9
JournalResearch in Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018


  • affect
  • interdisciplinarity
  • Materiality and object-oriented ontologies
  • nonhuman
  • nonrepresentational theories
  • place and scale
  • space

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


Dive into the research topics of 'A double-bind? Taking new materialisms elsewhere in studies of education and childhood'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this