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Title: What counts as education? : an ethnography of Broadway, Nottingham
Author: Coles, Rebecca
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2014
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What is education? What counts as education? How should we conceptualise education? These are the questions which arose during this ethnography of Broadway conducted between 2011 and 2012 and involving archival research, interviews and participant› observation. Broadway, Nottingham’s art-house multiplex cinema, opened in 1990 and is known for its exhibition of cult, art and international film, although it also shows a wide range of current releases. Broadway also houses a popular Cafe-bar, film-makers and other small creative industries and a dedicated Education Department. It is a place not only of cinema-going but also of socialising, working and education. Education is sometimes understood as specific to what takes place in educational institutions and is sometimes understood as broad cultural and political processes. But in order to describe what takes place at Broadway, this thesis works to develop a different conceptualisation of education - one adequate both to understanding its operation outside dedicated institutions and to capturing the way it exists as a set of specific practices. It conceptualises education as assemblages or modes, each with their own particular characteristics, shaped by and articulated with a number of other practices, institutions and domains of activity. The thesis argues that the multitude of one-off events and ongoing activities which take place at Broadway belonging to three modes of education: acquisition, perfonnance and collaboration. Education in the mode of acquisition consists, centrally, of talks and courses run by Broadway and is rooted in the practices of art-house cinema- going. Education in the mode of performance exists mainly in the film-making projects carried out be Broadway’s Education Department and is rooted in the practices both of cinema-going and publicly funded fonnal education. Education in the mode of collaboration takes place in the Education Department, in their work with MA students, and takes place in the context of the creative industries work which takes place at Broadway. The thesis discusses these modes of education in terms of their diversity -their ’economic basis’, ’repertoire of interaction’ and ’theory of knowledge’, their specificity - how they exist at particular intersections of practices and domains of activity, and their boundary - how they are distinct from the other practices in which they are embedded and constituted. The thesis works to described a set of education practices which exist between formal education and other domains of activity and argues that it is important to understand such practices because they raise questions about the place of education in general - questions regarding its dispersal across domains of life and autonomy from formal settings and its continued or diminishing importance to social organisation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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