School of Social and Political Sciences - Theses
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The (E)merging bodies of defence nationalism: flesh, land, law
This thesis examines emerging (and possibly subsiding) far-right ethnic nationalist groups in Australia and the UK, including the English Defence League and the Australian Defence League. For reasons outlined in the thesis, ...
(Re)dressing Cinderella: an exploration of women’s engagement with and experience of makeover culture
Makeover is the self-imposed and self-directed action of the ideal neoliberal citizen. The body, the most visible expression of self, has become a fundamental tool of social acceptance; and work to normalise and perfect ...
Soma-masculinities: centring the body within studies of masculinities
Whilst feminist and queer scholarship have paid generous attention to bodies and embodiment in their attempts to better understand gender and sexuality, studies of masculinities have tended to lag behind. In this thesis, ...
'What's two years for the rest of my life?': interrogating the imagined futures of migrant domestic workers amidst present realities in Singapore
There has been growing concerns around the vulnerability of migrant domestic workers to labour exploitation and abuse while abroad. Much research attention has been focused on the way their capacity to resist coercion and ...
Enlightenment at sea: Melville's maritime politics
This thesis examines the political thought of nineteenth-century American author Herman Melville. Reading him in dialogue with Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau and Kant, I argue his works speak back to the Founders’ ...
The youth of Panama: everyday negotiations of neoliberal development in an urban context
This thesis provides an ethnographic analysis of how young lower middle-class urban Panamanians navigate and negotiate neoliberal macro-economic transformations that have accelerated since the 1990s, from increasingly ...
Narratives of choice: the policy visions shaping the Victorian State Disability Plan 2002-12
This study examines Australian disability policy debates between 1999 and 2002, as the Victorian State Disability Plan 2002-12 (VSDP) was developed. This was a fascinating moment in social policy reform in Victoria and ...
Iranian diasporic relations & transformative feminist leadership: opportunities & challenges for enhancing women’s status in Iran (1979-2016)
Since the Revolution of 1979 in Iran, the status of women has been dramatically influenced by the states’ gender discriminatory policies. In response, Iranian women’s rights activists and feminists, both in Iran and in the ...
Australian-French mutual empowerment: middle powers' strategies to overcome Pacific & global challenges
This thesis demonstrates why and how France and Australia are currently engaged in a process of diplomatic and economic mutual empowerment as part of their smart power strategies. This rapprochement has been possible owing ...