Gutiérrez (2010/2013)

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The Sociopolitical Turn in Mathematics Education


Over the past decade, the mathematics education research community has incorporated more sociocultural perspectives into its ways of understanding and examining teaching and learning. However, researchers who have a long history of addressing anti-racism and social justice issues in mathematics have moved beyond this sociocultural view to espouse sociopolitical concepts and theories, highlighting identity and power at play. This article highlights some promising conceptual tools from critical theory and post-structuralism and makes an argument for why taking the sociopolitical turn is important for both researchers and practitioners.


Gutiérrez, R. (2010/2013). The sociopolitical turn in mathematics education. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 44(1), 37–68. Retrieved from
author = {Guti{\'{e}}rrez, Rochelle},
journal = {Journal for Research in Mathematics Education},
number = {1},
pages = {37--68},
title = {{The sociopolitical turn in mathematics education}},
url = {},
volume = {44},
year = {2013}