School of Social and Political Sciences - Theses
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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 ...
Gender and the feminisation of poverty: the case of single parenthood in Ghana
The issue of single parenthood and how it might contribute to a better understanding of the feminisation of poverty has been relatively unexplored in development studies. This is especially the case with regards to single ...
Policy news in the digital age: an examination of Australian election reporting
This thesis examines news coverage of policy issues in Australian federal election campaigns from 2001 to 2013. Focusing on three policy domains (health, education and taxation), it evaluates news coverage primarily through ...
Income support and its impact on durations of homelessness and long-term welfare reliance among newly homeless young Australians
While there is a substantial body of Australian and international research on pathways into homelessness, less attention has been directed to understanding young people’s pathways out of homelessness. This study explores ...
The role of the United Nations Global Compact in helping to drive corporate social responsibility-related practices in the Australian banking sector
This thesis provides an account of the role that the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) plays in helping to drive corporate social responsibility (CSR) related practices in the Australian banking sector. Employing a ...
Settler regimes of ignorance: teaching indigenous-settler relationships in schools in Australia and Kanaky/New Caledonia
Schools are institutions for knowledge dissemination but at the same time also sites of power. They inculcate students into specific ideological and emotional norms and social relations. Far from being politically neutral ...