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  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Subject: Business
  • Type: Dissertation proposal
  • Grade: TBC

Strategic Alliances in Liner Shipping: Underlying Drivers, Expected Benefits and Future Challenges

Liner shipping is described by Sjostrom (2009, p.1) as “the business of offering common carrier ocean shipping services in international trade”. The liner shipping industry gained considerable importance in the 1870s with the steady increase in shipment of raw materials and finished goods from Europe to global destinations and vice versa. An exploratory study of the historical roots of the inter-firm collaboration in shipping reveals that “collusive agreements” have dominated the firm behaviour, starting from the formation of the Calcutta Conference in 1875 and recently supplanted by other forms of cooperation like consortia and strategic alliances (ibid). In reality, shipping conferences (alternatively known as liner conferences) were cartels characterized by a set of formal agreements among shipping lines for particular routes, and they were primarily geared towards setting fixed prices to ensure and sustain industry profitability, regulating competition among themselves and pre-empting entry of new players (Wang, 2015).

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  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Subject: Education
  • Type: Dissertation title
  • Grade: TBC

Inclusion in KS2: Dissertation Titles

While many parents see the benefits of diversity and inclusion in the classroom, these views may differ depending on parental socioeconomic status, education level, location within the UK, culture, etc. Studies have previously been conducted on parental perspectives of inclusion, though these studies typically exist within the USA context and with younger children. This study could potentially expand on this research by presenting the UK context at the KS2 level. Questionnaires would likely be the main form of data collection for this topic and there are a number of options. One of these options is the Opinions Related to Mainstreaming Scale, with follow up short answer questions, though there are other surveys available.

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  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Subject: Sociology
  • Type: Dissertation proposal
  • Grade: TBC

Proposal: The elevation of art through commerce: An analysis of Charles Saatchi’s approach to the machinery of art production using Pierre Bourdieu’s theories of distinction.

This dissertation will endeavour to illustrate how Charles Saatchi has understood the inner workings of the art world of production, distribution and criticism and how he has launched an elevated form of mainstream art harnessing sensationalism and the media together with savvy marketing to become a founder, promoter and gate-keeper of art movements within the contemporary British and American art scenes. The Saatchi phenomena will be viewed through the lens of Pierre Bourdieu’s theories on art, using predominately the ideas found in The Rules of Art: Genesis and Structure of the Literary Field (1996). Here, Bourdieu observes that art is created to enforce a code of distinction between the classes; that is, certain classes are trained to access more difficult (or less popular) forms of art that is more expensive, which becomes less accessible to people from lower socio-economic classes because they have not had the academic education or the financial resources to access this type of aesthetic expression. As such, art is created by the upper echelons of society in an effort to distinguish themselves noticeably from other classes.

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  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Subject: Sociology
  • Type: Dissertation chapter
  • Grade: TBC

Introduction: The elevation of art through commerce: An analysis of Charles Saatchi's approach to the machinery of art production using Pierre Bourdieu's theories of distinction

Germaine Greer (2001), the Australian feminist and social commentator, has stated that marketing is the real art form of the twentieth century, adding that it is a destructive art form. This type of art form has saturated every level of society and every human activity, to the point where the art form of the twentieth century has permeated through to art itself. As such, what Saatchi has done as an art collector, bringing marketing to art in such a way, has meant that he has brought art to the masses without devaluing it so much in front of the art critics. It is an obvious outcome. Saatchi is well known for being a guru in the advertising industry where one of his most famous campaigns (which he oversaw with his brother) was the promotion of the Conservative Party lead by Margaret Thatcher during the 1979 general election under the slogan "Labour isn't working". In his advertising ventures, he has always displayed artistic panache together with a strong competitive streak, with an unwavering belief in capitalism (Bickers, 1997).[…]

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  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Subject: Sociology
  • Type: Dissertation chapter
  • Grade: TBC

Methodology: The elevation of art through commerce: An analysis of Charles Saatchi’s approach to the machinery of art production using Pierre Bourdieu’s theories of distinction.

Having already established the basis of the theoretical outlook of this dissertation, which is also pertinent to the lens to which the evidence collected will be looked at, it is now necessary to reflect upon how evidence will be collected to support the arguments espoused in this dissertation. There are numerous approaches to social research, but in endeavouring to explore the impact of one individual in a particular field, the use of historical analysis via life biography is relevant to this dissertation (Babbie, 2001). There are a number of ways in which to create a well researched picture of Saatchi’s function in the British art scene. Firstly, it would be important to establish the history of the gallery and how this came about. This can be done through secondary sources such as Supercollector: A Critique of Charles Saatchi (Hatton and Walker, 2000) and the few interviews given by Saatchi in The Guardian and on the BBC. The artists and exhibitions Saatchi has been a patron of will reveal the general aesthetic of the art dealer which ranges from United States contemporary artists, to the nineties movement focussing on young British artists and to movements such as Neurotic Realism to the latest exhibition of Chinese artists called The Revolution Continues: New Art From China . A good source of primary information of these can be found in the books that are produced with each exhibition, showcasing the works and artists with introductions. Another source will be interviews with Saatchi’s protégés such as Tracy Emin and David Hirst, who, in some instances, have revealed how they were ‘discovered’ by the gallery owner.

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  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Subject: Sociology
  • Type: Dissertation chapter
  • Grade: TBC

Literature Review: The elevation of art through commerce: An analysis of Charles Saatchi’s approach to the machinery of art production using Pierre Bourdieu’s theories of distinction.

The Rules of Art was published in French in 1992, and translated into English in 1996. However, the ideas that appear in this book were already being advanced in other academic work such as Distinction: a Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste (1984), The Love of Art: European Art Museums and Their Public (1991) and Language and Symbolic Power (1991). The Rules of Art actually tracks the literary field in France during the nineteenth century and uses the success of Gustave Flaubert’s Sentimental Education (1869) to follow the emergence of an autonomous (from the market) literary field and understand why Flaubert and his literary text have been sacralised throughout the proceeding decades by literary scholars. Throughout The Rules of Art, Bourdieu uses a unique methodology to analyse this text. However, although innovative, this is not relevant to this particular dissertation. What is relevant is Bourdieu’s discussion of Manet and Duchamp. Bourdieu argues that Manet and Duchamp became successful artists because they managed to separate from its present day institution of the French Académie of art, while separating from the popular demands of the emerging bourgeoisie – thus, they managed autonomy, through artistic freedom, creating their own art movement, which in turn meant that the Académie and the market both were tamed and redirected by these artists. Brown and Szeman (2000) agree with this appraisal of Bourdieu’s ideas. They argue that what these artists achieve is the institutionalisation of their particular brand of avant guard.

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