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dc.contributor.advisorHibbert, Paul
dc.contributor.authorIrvine, Elizabeth J.
dc.description.abstractThis thesis considers the relationship between practices, communities and continuity in intermittent organisational arrangements. Cultural festivals are argued to offer one such particularly rich and nuanced research context; within this study their potential to transcend intermittent enactment emerged as a significant avenue of enquiry. The engagement of organisation studies with theories of practice has produced a rich practice-based corpus, diverse in both theoretical concerns and empirical approaches to the study of practice. Nevertheless, continuity presents an, as yet, under-theorised aspect of this field. Thus, the central questions of this thesis concern: the practices that underpin the enactment of festivals; the themes emerging from these practices for further consideration; and relationships between festivals and the wider context within which they are enacted. These issues were explored empirically through a qualitative study of the enactment of a community-centred film festival. Following from the adoption of a ‘practice-lens approach’, this study yielded forty-eight practices, through which to explore five themes emerging from analysis: Safeguarding, Legitimising, Gatekeeping, Connecting and Negotiating Boundaries. This study revealed an aspect of the wider field of practice that has not yet been fully examined by practice-based studies: the cementing or anchoring mechanisms that contribute to temporal continuity in intermittent, temporary or project-based organisations. The findings of this thesis suggest a processual model, which collectively reinforces an organisational memory that survives periods of latency and facilitates the re-emergence of practice, thus potentially enabling organisations to endure across intermittent enactment and, ultimately, transcend temporality and ephemerality. The themes examined and insights offered in this thesis seek to contribute to: practice-based studies and film-festival studies; forging a new path linking these two disciplines; and generating both theoretical and practical insights of interest to festival organisers and stakeholders of project-based, temporary or intermittent organisational arrangements.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subjectPractice-based studiesen_US
dc.subjectFilm festivalen_US
dc.subjectCommunity-centred organisationsen_US
dc.subjectTemporal continuityen_US
dc.subjectIntermittent organisationsen_US
dc.subjectTemporary organisationsen_US
dc.subjectPractice lens approachen_US
dc.subjectOrganisational memoryen_US
dc.subjectOrganisational historyen_US
dc.subjectOrganisational traditionen_US
dc.subjectCultural festivalsen_US
dc.subjectFilm festival studiesen_US
dc.subject.lcshFilm festivals--Great Britainen_US
dc.subject.lcshFestivals--Management--Great Britainen_US
dc.subject.lcshCommunity organization--Great Britainen_US
dc.titleContinuity in intermittent organisations : the organising practices of festival and community of a UK film festivalen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US

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