School of Social and Political Sciences - Theses
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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 ...
Nexus between money, justice and recognition: the case of transition in Bosnia and Herzegovina
This study examines the meaning of money as a legal remedy recognizing individual injuries as collective grievances. The case study of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where post-war transition has provided limited reparations, ...
Worlds of care: fathering children with disabilities
This thesis, based on fieldwork in North America, explores worlds of disability, both personal and shared, as they are felt and come into being for fathers caring for children with disabilities. I argue that while disability ...
The role of traditional authorities in conflict management: Cameroon
In this thesis, I examine the role of traditional authorities in conflict management and peace-building in the North-West of Cameroon. I compare two sites within the region (Kom and Bali administrative areas), which have ...
John Cain and Victorian Labor 1917-1957
This thesis is partly a study of the Victorian Labor party's parliamentary performance, partly of the party's organizational wing, and to lesser extent it examines relations between the state Executive and the Trades Hall ...
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, ...