Asia Institute - Theses
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The museum circuit in contemporary China : the institutional regulation, production and consumption of art museums in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hong Kong
This thesis questions the dominant analytical approaches in the study of China’s museums, which tend to privilege the structure and modes of production, the state and market factors, and limit the study of museum publics ...
The central-local dynamics in Implementing China’s ethnic minority policy
This research examines the conditions of the growing ethnic tensions in China from the perspective of the relationship between the central and local government. It argues that the gap between ethnic policy design and ...
The virtual sphere and the women’s movement in post-reform Iran
The present study provides an analysis of the role of the Internet in the activities of the women’s movement and explores the extent to which cyberspace has been assisting the women’s movement in achieving its objectives. ...
Longing for the caliphate while living in the state: an agent-structure analysis of the appeal of Hizb ut-Tahrir to Muslims in the West
This project investigates the appeal of the group Hizb ut-Tahrir, primarily focusing on its Australian and British branches, and serves as a contribution to recent scholarly debates on why non-violent (vocal) radical forms ...
Revelation and Qurʾānic hermeneutics: an analysis of four contemporary discourses
This thesis explores a specific trend of reform in contemporary Islamic scholarship by engaging with four accounts of revelation presented by Rahman, Soroush, Shabestari and Abu Zayd. It examines the extent to which the ...
Buddhism and the state in Burma: English-language discourses from 1823 to 1962
This thesis examines three English-language discourses on the relationship between Buddhism and the state in Burma: its core focus is a postcolonial narrative produced largely by Burmese lay Buddhists writing in English, ...
Negotiation of gendered language and social identities by students of Japanese as an additional language in Australian universities
This research qualitatively explores gendered language and gender identities negotiated by seven tertiary students of (pre-)advanced Japanese as an additional language (JAL) in Australia. Japanese is argued to be a ...
From loaning to owning: Japanese loanwords in hiragana
Loanwords (外来語・カタカナ語), which are words ‘borrowed’ from other languages, are an integral part of the Japanese language, and are estimated to account for around 10% of the modern Japanese lexicon. While loanwords are ...
Foreign policy legitimacy and moderate Islamic identity in Indonesia: the Megawati government’s response to the International War on Terrorism (2001-2004)
Since 2001, the government of Indonesia had made frequent reference to moderate Islam as a part of the country’s international identity. Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Deplu) underscored in its various official ...
Secular, religious and supernatural: an Eastern Indonesian Catholic experience of fear (autoethnographic reflections on the reading of a New Order-era propaganda text)
This thesis examines an Eastern Indonesian Catholic experience of fear by analysing how a New Order-era propaganda text dealing with the political upheavals of 1965-66 triggers and maintains fear in one Eastern Indonesian ...