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Intergenerational Transmission Of Fertility Intentions Among Nigerian Women, Adenife Tolani Modile Sep 2018

Intergenerational Transmission Of Fertility Intentions Among Nigerian Women, Adenife Tolani Modile

Sociology Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Previous research on intergenerational transmission of fertility has focused on developed nations, and has observed that origin family size is often associated with fertility intentions. However, these associations have not been examined in developing, high fertility countries such as Nigeria, even though intergenerational transmission of fertility is likely to unfold differently. Thus, the current study focuses on women of childbearing age (15-49) in Nigeria and examines how origin family size is associated with preferred family size. Such work is important because in Nigeria family size preferences not only affect population growth, but also have direct consequences for social and economic ...


I Am A Magic Carpet: Life In A Liminal Space, Yasmin Mazloom Apr 2018

I Am A Magic Carpet: Life In A Liminal Space, Yasmin Mazloom

Art Practices MFA Theses

The life of immigrants is discussed in two chapters: living in the country of origin and living abroad. The space that exists in between these two countries and places, is diminished and not discussed because it is not physical but more of a mental space that is rarely recognized unless it is experienced firsthand. Even though only a minority of people will understand this liminal space, it is important to be aware of its existence. Those who reside in this space need to recognize they are not alone, even if their liminal space is different from others, so that they ...


Writing The Collaborative Process: Measure (Still) For Measure, Shakespeare, And Rape Culture, Nora J. Williams Mar 2018

Writing The Collaborative Process: Measure (Still) For Measure, Shakespeare, And Rape Culture, Nora J. Williams

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

To what extent can a process of collaborative creation unseat Shakespeare as a source of cultural authority?

In February 2016, a group of professional performers gathered in an abandoned shop front in Exeter’s city centre to formally begin a devising process with Shakespeare and Middleton’s Measure for Measure that had been incubating in my mind for almost a year. Nearly a year later, in January 2017, an unrelated group of secondary school students began a similar process, with the same text.

What began as a persistent sense that these long-dead writers had omitted an important perspective in their ...


Communists And Soldiers: Comparing Gendered Rhetoric In Different Crises, Helen Stritzel Jan 2018

Communists And Soldiers: Comparing Gendered Rhetoric In Different Crises, Helen Stritzel

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The post-World War II era ushered in the beginning of Cold War politics. In this shifting political landscape, the United States government had to face accusations that some State Department employees were disloyal, as well as confront a shortage of troops to fight in potential conflicts arising from the Cold War. In this paper, I classify the former as a bureaucratic conflict and the latter as a military crisis. There has been considerable research conducted on how gender is used as a tool by politicians, but in this paper, I examine the differences in how gender operates in a bureaucratic ...


The Art Of Dealing With The Gods: Balinese Women And Ritual Labor, Emily Martin Jan 2018

The Art Of Dealing With The Gods: Balinese Women And Ritual Labor, Emily Martin

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis investigates the ritual labor required of Hindu Balinese women to produce obligatory daily offerings for their households. It analyzes how Balinese broadly perceive this work and what women themselves hope to accomplish through these objects. The thesis situates this ethnographic analysis through theoretical connections with the scholarship on Bali, feminist theories of domestic labor, and ritual economies. The research was based on six months of fieldwork and interviews with thirty Balinese women and two Balinese men. I found that while many Balinese women expressed weariness or dissatisfaction with the never-ending nature of offering making, many of them also ...


Mediating The Intersections: Feminisms, Queer Theories And Testimonial Literary Production About Women In Central America, 1977-1987, Allison Lee Glover Jan 2018

Mediating The Intersections: Feminisms, Queer Theories And Testimonial Literary Production About Women In Central America, 1977-1987, Allison Lee Glover

Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation explores the different ways testimonial narratives about Central American women represent and resist repressive governments, patriarchal culture and North American imperialism during the Cold War. The texts I study are: (1) Margaret Randall’s “Somos millones…”: la vida de Doris María, combatiente nicaragüense (1977), (2) Elizabeth Burgos’ Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la conciencia (1983), and (3) Medea Benjamin’s Don’t be Afraid, Gringo. A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart: The Story of Elvia Alvarado (1987). I use feminist and queer analytics to explore the narrators’ diverse positionalities and reveal the conditions from ...


Digital Coming Out: The Politics Of Lgbtq Culture In Social Media, Patrick Michael Johnson Jan 2018

Digital Coming Out: The Politics Of Lgbtq Culture In Social Media, Patrick Michael Johnson

Media Studies Theses & Dissertations

As a marginalized community in the United States, LGBTQ individuals occupy a precarious space within society. They are afforded representation in some venues, however are often invisible. Through using social media, LGBTQ individuals have sought new ways to forge a community and increase their visibility. With this increase in visibility, there has been an increased way for individuals to both seek out and distribute information to help in the coming out process. After the election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence, social media became a hotbed of activity for LGBTQ individuals trying to raise awareness about issues that affect them ...


Always Gay, Never Queer: An Analysis Of Will & Grace’S Strategy For Mainstream Success, Bethany Keupp Jan 2018

Always Gay, Never Queer: An Analysis Of Will & Grace’S Strategy For Mainstream Success, Bethany Keupp

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This paper explores the context in which Will & Grace aired and why it was successful. Through investigating the types of LGBT+ representation of the time, I discovered and important distinction between shows with LGBT+ characters and those containing queer content—the latter of which was all but completely kept from mainstream television. This also allowed an exploration of tropes which made LGBT+ characters acceptable or successful on this platform. An in-depth examination into the sitcom Ellen’s failure revealed just how much the featuring of LGBT+ characters in lead roles could ruin a show’s chances at mainstream success. However ...


Exclusion In The Great Outdoors: Masculinity, Misogyny, Whiteness, And Racism In The Environmental Movement And At Philmont Scout Ranch, Yvonne Krumrey Jan 2018

Exclusion In The Great Outdoors: Masculinity, Misogyny, Whiteness, And Racism In The Environmental Movement And At Philmont Scout Ranch, Yvonne Krumrey

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis aims to understand patterns of whiteness, racism, masculinity, and misogyny in outdoor culture through the specific example of Philmont Scout Ranch. These patterns are linked to nationalism in the roots of environmentalism, as well as the Boy Scouts of America. To investigate these themes in both environmentalism as a whole and Philmont specifically, I researched existing literature on environmental exclusion, modern racism, nationalism, and environmental literature. I also interviewed twelve staff members at Philmont to gain a more direct understanding of these patterns and their implications. Specific themes of Boy Scout ideals, environmental ethics, rugged individualism, sexism, and ...


Community, Social Networks, And Support: The Case Of Mexican Migrant Women In Boulder County, Lorena Aguilera Santana Jan 2018

Community, Social Networks, And Support: The Case Of Mexican Migrant Women In Boulder County, Lorena Aguilera Santana

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In this paper, I explore how women perceive social support and find resources via networks. I focus on the experiences of Mexican migrant women and the ways they develop a sense of community and a system of support after migrating to the United States. To understand what may be unique to the experiences of Mexican migrant women, I included a comparison group of U.S.-born white women. My findings highlight three main aspects of social networks: the importance of family ties, the different ways community is described depending on their identities and backgrounds, and how gender influences and shapes ...


The Metaphysical Onnagata Performs: Deleuze, Performance, Performativity, And Gender On The Kabuki Stage, Lani Miranda Alden Jan 2018

The Metaphysical Onnagata Performs: Deleuze, Performance, Performativity, And Gender On The Kabuki Stage, Lani Miranda Alden

Asian Languages & Civilizations Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis examines the ways that the stage and the onnagata manifest themselves in early modern and modern Japan. In texts like Ihara Saikaku’s Nanshoku ōkagami and Yoshizawa Ayame’s Ayamegusa, it is possible to see a wide range of potentiality in the metaphysical “being” of the onnagata and the stage on which they performed during the early modern period. During the modern period, it is possible to see shifts in this “being” through the analysis of texts such as Osanai Kaoru’s Onnagata ni tsuite. The early modern onnagata and kabuki stage were deeply tied to their audience ...


Communicating Organizational And Transgender Intersectional Identities: An Ethnography Of A Transgender Outreach Center, Elizabeth K. Eger Jan 2018

Communicating Organizational And Transgender Intersectional Identities: An Ethnography Of A Transgender Outreach Center, Elizabeth K. Eger

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation examined the communicative construction of identity by members of a transgender outreach organization. It focused on how members’ communication created and modified organizational identities in relationship to participants’ individual identities. Through my three-year ethnography of and volunteering with the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico (TGRC), I conducted 415 hours of participant observation, 64 hours of semi-structured interviews (n=36), document analysis, and over nine hours of creative focus groups (n=5) of one of the only transgender-centered organizations in the United States. I investigated how TGRC members negotiated the significance of relevant individual and organizational identities, their ...


Intersections And Crossings: Navigating Boundaries In Immigrant Women's Works In France, Leah Kiraly Sigle Holz Jan 2018

Intersections And Crossings: Navigating Boundaries In Immigrant Women's Works In France, Leah Kiraly Sigle Holz

French & Italian Graduate Theses & Dissertations

In this dissertation, I examine how Josephine Baker, Annie Ernaux, Irène Némirovsky, and Nathalie Sarraute navigate notions of home, nation, and belonging in their lives and works. Chapter One focuses on categories and their formation, how they act as limits that have real effects on those within them. That chapter also centers on the theme of borders and boundaries as limiting, and how physical borders are used (un)officially to restrict access. In Chapter Two, I examine borders as liminal, conditional, transitory, and threshold spaces. I also inspect cases of border crossings and what it means to acknowledge arrival onto ...


“El Ángel Del Hogar Se Echó A Volar”: La Construcción De Las Nuevas Feminidades En La Novela De La Edad De Oro De Las Escritoras Españolas, Sabela Pena Garcia Jan 2018

“El Ángel Del Hogar Se Echó A Volar”: La Construcción De Las Nuevas Feminidades En La Novela De La Edad De Oro De Las Escritoras Españolas, Sabela Pena Garcia

Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This doctoral dissertation analyzes the change of the model of femininity from the Angel of the House to the Modern Woman (New Woman) in six novels published in Spain between the 1909 and 1934. I argue that there was not a single Modern Woman in the literature of that period, but that the new femininity was a complex, sometimes even contradictory, concept.

The biggest contribution of this dissertation is breaking the stereotype of the New Woman as a universal and uniform being in the Spanish novels. This research shows how a very diverse group of Spanish authors, in terms of ...


The Othering Of Muslim Women By Western And Eastern Societies, Allegra Upton Jan 2018

The Othering Of Muslim Women By Western And Eastern Societies, Allegra Upton

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The post-9/11 memoirs of Malala Yousafzai’s I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban and Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books intervene in and offer pertinent experiences for the Western discourses of Muslim women. These two life-stories both revolutionize and further the Othering of Muslim women, and this thesis will utilize the genre as a lens through which to assess how biographical literatures can supplement post-9/11 Western Orientalism in the misrepresentation of Muslim women in Pakistan and Iran. In addition, this thesis will also ...


Fragments Of Identity: A Study Of Ceramic Figurines From The Terminal Formative Period In The Lower Río Verde Valley, Oaxaca, Mexico, Rachael Wedemeyer Jan 2018

Fragments Of Identity: A Study Of Ceramic Figurines From The Terminal Formative Period In The Lower Río Verde Valley, Oaxaca, Mexico, Rachael Wedemeyer

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis is a descriptive study of 143 ceramic figurines from two different sites in the Coastal region of Oaxaca, Mexico, occupied during the Terminal Formative period (150BC-AD250). The site of Río Viejo operated as a large ceremonial center in the Lower Río Verde Valley during the Terminal Formative Period and attracted people from surrounding communities during large-scale rituals (Barber & Joyce 2015; Joyce 2016). The second site, Cerro de la Virgen, was a contemporary hilltop community in the region (Joyce et al. 2013). By studying ceramic figurines from two sites in this period, regional patterns can be discerned.

Studying the aesthetics, uses ...


Wendy Red Star: Challenging Colonial Histories And Foregrounding The Impacts Of Violence Against Indigenous Women, Virginia Hellmann Jan 2018

Wendy Red Star: Challenging Colonial Histories And Foregrounding The Impacts Of Violence Against Indigenous Women, Virginia Hellmann

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In my thesis, Wendy Red Star: Challenging Colonial Histories and Foregrounding the Impact of Violence Against Indigenous Women, I analyze two of Red Star’s photographic series, Four Seasons and White Squaw. I argue that Red Star uses irony, humor, parody, and erasure to challenge stereotypes and misrepresentations of Indigenous lives. In Four Seasons, Red Star uses irony and humor to critique historically marginalized images in museum exhibitions, and the stereotypes created as a result of visions of empty land, ethnographic photography, and commercialization of Indigenous cultures. In White Squaw, Red Star uses parody and erasure to reveal the negative ...


Android Women And The Body Electric: Sex And Gender In The Post-Human Worlds Of Film, Iona Bruce Jan 2018

Android Women And The Body Electric: Sex And Gender In The Post-Human Worlds Of Film, Iona Bruce

Undergraduate Honors Theses

As the technology behind androids and other forms of gendered artificial intelligence develops rapidly, it is necessary to investigate how culture imagines the narratives of feminized androids in order to unpack the gendered logic of their aesthetics and narratives. Using representations of android women in the films Ex Machina(2015), Ghost in the Shell(2017), and Blade Runner 2049(2017), this paper will explore the ethics and implications of how femininity manifests in android women, and how their post-human artificiality puts pressure on traditional separations between gender and sex. Utilizing the work of theorists such as Simone de Beauvoir, Donna ...


Empowering, Enlightening, And Energizing: Research As Inquiry In Women’S And Gender Studies, Juliann Couture, Sharon Ladenson Jan 2017

Empowering, Enlightening, And Energizing: Research As Inquiry In Women’S And Gender Studies, Juliann Couture, Sharon Ladenson

University Libraries Faculty & Staff Contributions

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Words That Wound: Lgbtq Playwrights Respond To Bullying And Teen Suicide, Kevin Christopher Crowe Jan 2017

Words That Wound: Lgbtq Playwrights Respond To Bullying And Teen Suicide, Kevin Christopher Crowe

Theatre and Dance Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This research looks at how playwrights within a specific and unique community use theatre to address challenges faced by that community to bring about positive change. Specifically, this investigation focuses on the American LGBTQ community, who have historically demonstrated a high level of success in using theatre to bring public awareness to specific issues, such as homophobia and AIDS, and how playwrights within that community are currently dealing with the ongoing crisis of teen suicide and bullying, particularly in light of a string of LGBTQ bullying-related suicides in September 2010. It asks the questions: is bullying becoming a common theme ...


The Emergent Construction Of Feminist Identity In Interaction: A Sociocultural Linguistic Approach, Olivia Hirschey Jan 2017

The Emergent Construction Of Feminist Identity In Interaction: A Sociocultural Linguistic Approach, Olivia Hirschey

Linguistics Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This paper analyzes a group of college-aged women’s conversation about feminist identity. Starting from a sociocultural linguistic theoretical framework and employing insights from conversation analysis, I argue that the interlocutors’ feminist identity is an interactional achievement produced through relevantly setting aside topics and displaying agreement to that action. The paper illustrates how this practice (re)problematizes feminism and maintains hegemonic standards of ‘feminist’ as an identity that needs to be accounted for in conversation. Research on feminist identification in the United States shows that many young women tend to agree with feminist ideals but not with a personal feminist ...


African Women As Victims Or Heroines?: Obiwuruotu Women’S Music, Gender, Marriage, And Culture Among The Igbo In Nigeria, Ruth Stellamaris Opara Jan 2017

African Women As Victims Or Heroines?: Obiwuruotu Women’S Music, Gender, Marriage, And Culture Among The Igbo In Nigeria, Ruth Stellamaris Opara

Musicology Graduate Theses & Dissertations

In this dissertation, I examine the Obiwuruotu Women’s Dance Group, a group of mostly women performers from Ihiagwa, in Imo state, Southeastern Nigeria, in order to understand how Igbo women negotiate changing gender roles through music. Through ethnographic and historical research, I explore the ways in which Obiwuruotu Women’s Dance Group uses music to create a workable space to resist traditional gender roles expected of them in Igbo society. As Igbo women are traditionally restricted to domestic musical practices, this group’s widespread popularity as musicians throughout Igbo land is unprecedented and the group embodies many of the ...


Weit Weit Weg: The Disidentificatory Strategies Of Bjørn Melhus, Alexander William Penn Jan 2017

Weit Weit Weg: The Disidentificatory Strategies Of Bjørn Melhus, Alexander William Penn

Art History Theses & Dissertations

In the aftermath of the Cold War, the United States’ cultural and political influence, driven in part by neoliberal greed, has increasingly expanded into new ‘frontiers’ to market American music, food, film, and sports. It should come as no surprise, then, that today, many artists around the world are driven to address such topics as America’s ubiquitous military presence, de facto economic control, and pervasive cultural influence in their work. One such artist, Bjørn Melhus (German, b. 1966), provides commentary on American empire, primarily through the themes of war and consumerism, while highlighting the global pervasiveness of American television ...


Grassroots Women: The Key To Sustainable Societies, Derya Niccole Marie Senol Jan 2017

Grassroots Women: The Key To Sustainable Societies, Derya Niccole Marie Senol

Undergraduate Honors Theses

“Because women have always played significant roles in the traditional methods of food production, raising domesticated animals, and disease control in local livestock, it behooves policy makers, researchers, and planners to include women in all development processes” - Valentine Udoh James

Women are important influencers on the overall quality of life and well-being of their families and communities; their overall responsibilities allow them a unique platform to improve human well-being and promote the conservation of the natural environment. The development of Women's Grassroots Organizations in sub-Saharan Africa are not only providing a voice to rural women, but are major contributors ...


Reimagining The Strong Female Character: On The Fantastic Journeys Of Cinema’S Young Heroines, Taylor Berger Jan 2017

Reimagining The Strong Female Character: On The Fantastic Journeys Of Cinema’S Young Heroines, Taylor Berger

Undergraduate Honors Theses

For my undergraduate honors thesis, I propose a study into the idea of the strong female character as exemplified by girl heroes in modern cinematic fantasy through the exploration of two different films: Henry Selick’s Coraline (2009) and Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (2001).

Though the industry is constantly evolving, cinema has consistently painted a rigid picture of how women and girls should see themselves. From near infancy, female children are fed images of passive princesses in desperate need of a male savior, and are constantly taught that deviating from the acceptably feminine will only cause them trouble. Young ...


Rather Dead Than Gay: Complicating Rights-Based Activism As A Final Step For Lgbtt+ Brazilians, Brooke Long Jan 2017

Rather Dead Than Gay: Complicating Rights-Based Activism As A Final Step For Lgbtt+ Brazilians, Brooke Long

Undergraduate Honors Theses

After the Brazilian dictatorship was toppled, activists exerted a tremendous amount of effort to create a constitution to support human rights. LGBT activists since then have worked toward increasingly inclusive legislation that applied to the many and multiple expressions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and travesti ways of life. Brazil has a strong reputation as a "gay tourist" destination, and a place with the largest LGBT+ Pride Parades in the world. Paradoxically, in the last few years especially, LGBTT+ homicides have risen at an alarming rate. Many activists are calling for the implementation of hate crime legislation along with other ...


Interpellating Mary Shelley Into Her Writing, Alexandra Doxas, Fiona Doxas Jan 2017

Interpellating Mary Shelley Into Her Writing, Alexandra Doxas, Fiona Doxas

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In this thesis I will argue that Mary Shelley’s works form a dialogue with those of her contemporaries and predecessors within the Romantic Movement that criticizes social constructions of gender as well as the narcissistic convictions first, that one can delve into nature and truly access its sublime secrets, and second, that one can then exert the right to harvest what they believe they have found for their own aggrandizement. I will show that the foundations of Six Weeks’ Tour, Frankenstein, and Matilda are predicated on a series of paradigms: first, the aesthetic categories of the sublime and picturesque ...


No More Wire Hangers: Analyzing Abortion, On-Screen Representation Of Reproductive Rights, And The Leonine Archetype In Pro-Choice Cinema, Julia Ann Ferguson Jan 2017

No More Wire Hangers: Analyzing Abortion, On-Screen Representation Of Reproductive Rights, And The Leonine Archetype In Pro-Choice Cinema, Julia Ann Ferguson

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Granted that palpable barriers — such as the operation fee, travel costs, childcare — hardly impede on-screen characters in search for an abortion, I felt compelled to coalesce the cringe-inducing reality of contemporary reproductive restrictions into a likewise dark comedy film. So, I co-wrote and directed a coming-of-age narrative about a twenty-something-year-old girl named Evelyn, who solicits cocaine in order to pay for her overpriced abortion. Clearly, the precocious protagonist obtains her personal reasons for revenge; however, not only does Evelyn’s decision underscore a sociological correlation between criminal depravity and a dearth of resources, but also beyond her white privilege, her ...


Going Solo: A Qualitative Comparison Of Single Women In Japan And Colombia, Maya Heins Jan 2017

Going Solo: A Qualitative Comparison Of Single Women In Japan And Colombia, Maya Heins

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis examines the economic, social, and cultural conditions of single women in Japan and Colombia as a medium for understanding how globalization impacts gender inequality around the world. The rise of single women around the world elicits questions about the changing nature of gender roles and how global economic policies impact the lives of women. The research finds that while large differences exist between the situation of single women in the Global North and South, by remaining single, women are afforded more bargaining power to renegotiate their place within oppressive systems. The rise in single women around the globe ...


Drag And Female Impersonation In Japan And The United States, Noah B. Mcallister Jan 2017

Drag And Female Impersonation In Japan And The United States, Noah B. Mcallister

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In this thesis, I provide a descriptive analysis of the similarities and differences that are unique to the concept of drag and female impersonation in the Japan and the United States. This comparison between Japan and the United States is meant to allow for one to potentially gain a better understanding, and respect, for the similarities and differences and the ways that different social, cultural, and political influences shape the contemporary evolution in both countries.