Historical memory and educational privatisation: a portrait from Cambodia

William Brehm*

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Educational privatisation has received increasing scholarly attention in recent decades. In much of this work, educational privatisation is viewed as the outcomes of certain government policies or as the result of the influences of education businesses in school systems. This article presents a portrait of an educational entrepreneur in Cambodia to show how privatisation has been enacted by individuals. The empirical data for this article were collected between February and May 2014 using classroom observations and in-depth interviews. The method of portraiture was employed to understand educational privatisation through the perspective of the research subject while embracing the subjective nature of interpreting findings by the researcher. This article develops the literature on educational privatisation by offering a detailed look at the way in which historical memory shapes the behaviour of individuals. This analysis shows how educational privatisation is not only a process of government policy but also a social practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalEthnography and Education
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017 Oct 10


  • Cambodia
  • NGO schools
  • portraiture
  • Privatisation
  • social theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education


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