In the World Library of Educationalists series, international experts themselves compile career-long collections of what they judge to be their finest pieces – extracts from books, key articles, salient research findings, major theoretical and practical contributions – so the world can read them in a single manageable volume. Readers will be able to follow the themes and strands and see how their work contributes to the development of the field. 

(Post)Critical Methodologies forms a chronology through the texts and concepts that span Patti Lather’s career. Examining (post)critical, feminist and poststructural theories, Lather’s work is organized into thematic sections that span her 35 years of study in this field. These sections include original contributions formed from Lather’s feminism and critical theory background. They contain her most cited works on feminist research and pedagogy, and form a collection of both early and recent writings on the post and post-post, with a focus on critical policy studies and the future of post-qualitative work.

With a focus on the implications for qualitative inquiry given the call for scientifically based research in education, this compelling overview moves through Lather’s progressive thoughts on bridging the gap between quantitative and qualitative research in education and provides a unique commentary on some of the most important issues in higher education over the last 30 years. This compilation of Lather's contribution to educational thinking will prove compelling reading to all those engaged in student learning in higher education worldwide.

chapter |8 pages


Not yet finished 1

part I|63 pages


chapter 1|20 pages

Research as praxis

chapter 2|6 pages

Fertile obsession

Validity after poststructuralism

chapter 3|24 pages

The validity of angels

Interpretive and textual strategies in researching the lives of women with HIV/AIDS

chapter 4|6 pages

Validity, qualitative

chapter 5|1 pages

Validity, qualitative

chapter 6|2 pages


Tribute: Egon Guba 1

part II|7 pages


chapter 8|15 pages

Post-critical pedagogies

A feminist reading

chapter 9|22 pages


Working the ruins of feminist ethnography

chapter 10|21 pages

Paradigm proliferation as a good thing to think with

Teaching research in education as a wild profusion

chapter 11|10 pages


Still lost: the summons of the archive as process

chapter 12|11 pages

Getting lost

Critiquing across difference as methodological practice 1

chapter 13|8 pages

(Post)feminist methodology

Getting lost OR a scientificity we can bear to learn from

chapter 14|5 pages

“Becoming feminist”

An untimely meditation on football

chapter 15|30 pages

Troubling the angels redux

Tales of collaboration towards a polyphonic text

part III|95 pages


chapter 16|16 pages

Critical frames in educational research

Feminist and post-structural perspectives

chapter 18|12 pages

Applied derrida

(Mis)reading the work of mourning in educational research

chapter 19|16 pages

This IS Your Father’s Paradigm

Government intrusion and the case of qualitative research in education

chapter 21|12 pages

What kind of science for what kind of politics?

Feminist (post)critical policy analysis and the democratization of knowledge *

part IV|4 pages


chapter 22|12 pages


What do we do in the afterward?

chapter 23|13 pages

The Work of Thought and the Politics of Research

(Post)qualitative research

chapter 24|9 pages

Top Ten+ List

(Re)thinking ontology in (post)qualitative research

chapter |3 pages


What I was meant to make