The problem of theory and practice: towards a constitutive analysis

Author: Maras, Steven

Source: Journal of Media Practice, Volume 6, Number 2, 1 May 2005 , pp. 93-103(11)

Publisher: Intellect

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This article looks at the way the problem of theory and practice can be constructed in different ways. It develops a form of constitutive analysis in which the ‘problem’ is not assumed as a given, but seen as the product of particular ways of defining theory, practice, and their relation. In order to develop this approach I discuss several encounters between different conceptions of theory and practice, specifically Weddle's discussion of the meeting of film theory and film-making, critical media pedagogy, the theory/funding nexus, Geuens' discussion of the film school, and finally Wayne's discussion of the division of theory and practice. These examples provide a way of examining the tension between different ideas of theory and practice, and also between at times divergent ideas about media education and production pedagogy.

Keywords: analysis; film; practice; production; theory; video

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Sydney.

Publication date: May 1, 2005

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