Masters Theses

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The Masters Theses collection contains digital copies of AUT University masters theses deposited with the Library since 2002 and made available open access. From 2007 onwards, all theses for masters degrees awarded are required to be deposited in Tuwhera Open Theses & Dissertations unless subject to an embargo.

For theses submitted prior to 2007, open access was not mandatory, so only those theses for which the author has given consent are available in Tuwhera Open Theses & Dissertations. Where consent for open access has not been provided, the thesis is usually recorded in the AUT Library catalogue where the full text, if available, may be accessed with an AUT password. Other people should request an Interlibrary Loan through their library.

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    Self-help in the Manosphere: A Case Study of the Male Self-Improvement Podcast, Good Bro Bad Bro
    (Auckland University of Technology, 2023) Khurana, Sehej
    The Manosphere is a heterogeneous collection of male antifeminist and misogynistic communities, across online sites and platforms. Its communities focus, variously, on men’s legal and discursive rights, navigation of the “sexual marketplace”, and a perceived estrangement from women and society. These perspectives are loosely unified by an adherence to the Red Pill philosophy, which alleges that men can be “awakened” to the “truth” of their subordination by women. Certain Manosphere communities endorse self-improvement as a means for assisting individual men to advance their status and success in the sexual marketplace. In this milieu, the podcast Good Bro Bad Bro (GBBB) is a niche, male self-improvement podcast which uses the Red Pill analogy. It claims to help men to improve themselves, without hating women. This thesis considers the masculinist and neoliberal discourses of GBBB, in relation to the Manosphere and broader self-help genre. It employs critical feminist discourse analysis and keyword analysis to analyse seven episodes of GBBB. The patterns of language identified are set against the context of hegemonic patriarchy, neoliberalism, and the Manosphere. To inform this analysis, the thesis historically situates the Manosphere against the twentieth century’s women’s movement. From here, the de-radicalisation of the women’s movement, antifeminist backlash, the spread of a therapeutic climate and the emergence of neoliberal self-help in Western societies are considered. In relation to GBBB, this research finds that the podcast and its host, Jack Denmo, reproduce a neoliberal doxa which overlaps with masculinist biological essentialism and sexism. In all, this objectifies, commodifies, and fetishises humans and heterosexual relationships, such that individuals are positioned as isolated, competitive units in a sexual marketplace driven by economic transactions and biological whims. These findings affirm that neoliberalism and masculinism are intertwined within male self-help discourses.
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    The Mother Hood
    (Auckland University of Technology, 2023) De Carvalho, Vanessa
    There are two elements to this Master of Creative Writing thesis. The first is the creative aspect titled The Mother Hood, and the second is the exegesis that accompanies it, titled “Truths of the Mother Hood”. The Mother Hood is a literary fiction novel set in an upper-middle-class Tauranga suburb in modern-day Aotearoa. It follows three friends on different parts of their motherhood journey. We meet Violet at the end of her pregnancy and into the first year of motherhood during which she gets diagnosed with postnatal depression. Lena is a stay-at-home mother of one who longs for more children. Saffi tries to balance work, family, and her relationship all while feeling that the distance between her and her husband Mitch can no longer be bridged. It follows the three women as they experience the banality of motherhood in the day-to-day and try to overcome the additional emotional challenges of their lives. “Truths of the Mother Hood” is the theoretical component of my work. I cover why I felt the need to write The Mother Hood after being unable to find depictions of modern-day motherhood I could relate to in literary fiction. I share the research that has gone into covering topics such as pregnancy, childbirth, postnatal depression, infertility, miscarriage, balance, and matrescence. It also explains why I have chosen to include Covid-19 in the novel without making it a central focus of the plot.
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    The Perceptions of Non-te Reo Māori Speakers on Language Use in English-Speaking News Media
    (Auckland University of Technology, 2024) Whitley, Celia
    This research captures the attitudes and perceptions of non-te reo Māori speakers on the usage of te reo Māori in mainstream English-speaking news media in New Zealand. The mixed-methods study uses a survey for the quantitative data collection and eight semi-structured interviews for the qualitative data collection. Data is analysed via statistical visualisation and thematic analysis. Results reflect the power mainstream English-speaking news media has by including te reo Māori in their reporting. Although the research project found contradictory perceptions, it was discovered that the inclusion of te reo Māori alleviated resistance and reduced feelings of exclusion. In addition, the usage of te reo Māori in mainstream English-speaking news media can be seen as a language learning tool.
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    Everybody Has a Job to Do: How Collective Values and Clear Communication Helped Eliminate COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand
    (Auckland University of Technology, 2023) Halliday, Matt
    In the second half of 2020, the population of Aotearoa New Zealand was enjoying life in parks, bars and sports games while much of the rest of the world faced a Christmas in lockdown. This was due to the collective effort of the entire population earlier in the year. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Aotearoa New Zealand eliminated Covid-19 from the community. Twice. This thesis comprises three studies that examine different elements of the communications campaign that mobilised a nation to look after each other. It shows how collective values, clear communication and a sense of purpose combined to bring Aotearoa New Zealand through the first wave of Covid-19 relatively unscathed.
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    A Thematic Exploration of the Lived Experience of Sex Workers Who Are Censored Online
    (Auckland University of Technology, 2023) Versey, Georgia
    This academic enquiry explores the lived experiences of five sex workers who have encountered censorship on Instagram. It traverses feminist discourse and explores the unbridled capabilities of social media platforms as a contemporary beacon for information sharing. A qualitative research design and method was utilised to collect the data, which allowed for an in-depth insight into the varying degrees of censorship the participants experienced and how it affected their lives. Unanimously, the participants described experiencing biased censorship due to being a sex worker and reported intensified and increased censorship if they embodied other characteristics such as being, bigger-bodied, a person of colour, or a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Each participant marked this biased censorship with negative mental health effects, a loss of income, and a loss of their sense of identity and community. However, the data showed that while they faced adversity when using Instagram, they were able to deploy tools and tactics to combat censorship practices and found agency and empowerment in doing so. Participants also expressed critical engagement and understanding of the broader framework which grounds censorship as a site of further stigmatisation and how it can be combatted with education and more open conversation. These findings open up the discussion to a broader commentary on the infiltration of offline societal prejudices into the online space and an examination of social media platforms as sites of abuse of power in contemporary online life that remain largely unregulated.
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