School of Social and Political Sciences - Theses
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Deciphering the character of landscapes for communicating information: a qualitative study of two Victorian localities identified as being ‘at-risk’ of bushfire
Based on comparative ethnography, this dissertation proposes an original framework for identifying how the social and physical environments of different localities jointly shape interactions occurring between people and ...
Class, subjectivity, and the political in Pakistan: bridging the practice-theory divide in comparative political theory
In recent times, comparative political theorists have issued a call for pluralising political theory by going beyond the discipline’s primary reliance on the canon of western political thought. A key feature of this call ...
Civil society organisations and human rights in ASEAN: the case of Indonesia
ASEAN’s progress in human rights has been a puzzling issue, especially given the Association’s rapid transformation after the Cold War. While seemingly demonstrating a formal institutionalisation of human rights, ASEAN ...
Everyday misogyny: on ‘upskirting’ as image-based sexual abuse
The objectification of women by men is an enduring reality that has continued to evolve with the technics of everyday life. Premised on presumptions of sexual access to women, upskirting is one expression of such ...
Social capital, HIV risk-taking behaviors and suicidal ideation among gay mobile app using men who have sex with men in greater Tokyo
Suicide is a major public health problem in Japan, where suicide rates are among the highest in the world. Globally, men who have sex with men (MSM) report elevated rates of suicidal ideation and attempts compared to their ...
The humanitarian fix: an ethnography of civilian protection in contemporary wars
This research explores the growing tensions that exist between the humanitarian frameworks that guide the protection of civilians and the complex, shifting arena of contemporary wars. Armed actors from different political, ...
Legitimacy, authority and global governance institutions: a case study of the International Monetary Fund
Global governance institutions play an increasingly important and influential role in global politics. Despite a growing focus in the literature on global governance institutions’ legitimacy, the applicability of both ...
Reframing graffiti writing as a community practice: sites of youth learning and social engagement
This study investigates how graffiti writing is learnt and how graffiti writers experience this learning. Drawing on the concept of communities of practice, it frames graffiti as a skillful and aesthetic practice that is ...
Queering constructivist international relations: questioning identity-based human rights norms in sexual orientation-based refugee law
Since the late 1980s, many norms relating to the recognition of sexual orientation-based rights have come to be accepted and institutionalised at the international level. One of these, based on developments in multiple ...
‘Female performers on a male stage’: can social media reignite the Women’s Liberation Movement?
This thesis uses radical feminist political theory to investigate whether women’s use of social media can reignite the Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM). In doing so, the thesis provides the first internal critique of ...