Communication - Theses, Dissertations, and other Required Graduate Degree Essays

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Gendered Images in Oral History Documentary: A Case Study of Wode Kangzhan

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2017-08-17
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This essay explores the discourse construction of gender images in oral history documentaries through a case study of an influential Chinese oral history documentary series called Wode Kangzhan (My War of Resistance). It first outlines the rise of oral history studies and in recent years and its benefits. Besides, it introduces the influence and importance of Wode Kangzhan. Then, the article examines the overall gendered images in the documentary through data analysis and employs discourse analysis to reveal the documentary's gendered discourse through selected story lines. It finds out that Wode Kangzhan has a gendered discourse disciplined by gender hegemony.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Kirsten McAllister
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School of Communication
Thesis type: 
(Extended Essay) M.A.

Cultural Identity and Cultural Capital: An Exploration of Chinese-Canadian Immigrant Families’ Reading Practices and Chinese Literature

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2017-08-24
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This paper explores Chinese immigrants’ reading practices of Chinese literature and relies on the concepts of cultural identity and cultural capital to consider how families in Vancouver read Chinese literature. This case study consists of interviews that I conducted with fourteen participants from twelve Chinese immigrant families in Vancouver, B.C, Canada in 2017. This research shows that within immigrant families, active readers of Chinese literature tend to be mainly immigrants who emigrated as adult and youth. And their reading practices indicates how Chinese immigrants deal with their Chinese cultural identities and the cultural capital that Chinese literature carries in the context of immigration.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Christine Kim
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School of Communication
Thesis type: 
(Extended Essay) M.A.

Venezuela’s media war: Coexistence and confrontation in the struggles of the Bolivarian Revolution

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2017-08-18
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In the midst of economic crisis and violent anti-government protests, the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, convoked a Constituent Assembly in May 2017. The initiative aims to transform the State and craft a new Constitution without consulting the Venezuelan people. The response of the population has intensified the division between government and opposition, generating unexpected turns that make it difficult for media to provide a proper and accurate coverage of events. This paper uses critical discourse analysis of newspaper’s articles and Twitter trending topics to suggest that these media platforms have constructed a dichotomy. This dichotomy addresses the Constituent Assembly as a victory for the Bolivarian Revolution, but a misfortune for the opposition. It also denotes the use linguistic means to validate the political ideology of the media platforms analyzed. I argue that this construction keeps fragmenting media spheres in Venezuela, perverting their role and fostering confrontation and inequality within both groups. A thorough study of the complexities of Venezuela’s political realm and an inter-political approach to transforming the legal framework are proposed to foster freedom of expression over the defense of political ideologies in media.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Katherine Reilly
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School of Communication
Thesis type: 
(Extended Essay) M.A.

Nation Branding and Public Diplomacy in Argentina. Capitalist Insertion or Survival Strategies?

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2017-08-03
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In the present global interdependent system, the relationship among Nation-States has intensified. In pursuit of capitalist insertion and to bolster their position in the national arena, governments have been implementing Nation Branding and Public Diplomacy strategies to attract investments, tourism and qualified labor. But under the inherent inequalities of the capitalist system, are underdeveloped countries truly jockeying for strategic positions or are they enacting strategies to ensure their own survival? This thesis combines Complex Interdependence Theory and Soft Power with Core-Periphery Theory to explain the nation branding and public diplomacy strategies of peripheral states. Argentina is the Nation-State selected to illustrate the struggles of a developing country facing the autonomy vs dependence choice and the implementation of international insertion strategies depending on the narrative different governments are aiming to portray. The period selected for analysis covers the last 4 administrations that followed the profound 2001 economic, political and social crisis in Argentina encompassing the administrations of Nestor and Cristina Kirchner and Mauricio Macri.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Katherine Reilly
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School of Communication
Thesis type: 
(Extended Essay) M.A.

Editorial caricature representations of female political leaders in Jamaica: The case of Portia Simpson Miller

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2017-08-30
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Women’s political participation has been the cause of much discussion globally. The points of contention and the intensity of these discussions vary across borders. However, issues of sexuality, the iron-fist woman versus the nurturing woman, the need for women to adapt to the machismo of the political system and leadership capabilities of females remain constant themes. In Jamaica these discussions were heightened in 2006 with the ascension of Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller. Mainstream media vividly captured the gender discourse of the society through its editorial caricatures. This research paper will describe and analyse editorial caricature representations of female political leaders in Jamaica with particular focus on Portia Simpson Miller. The caricatures to be discussed will span 2006 to 2016. During this time Mrs Simpson Miller served as Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2016 when her party lost the general election. The literature review will cover perspectives on gender and sexism, women in leadership and media representation, which are explored in the context of the representation of women in politics in Jamaica.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Ellen Balka
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School of Communication
Thesis type: 
(Extended Essay) M.A.

Alternative media and alternative journalism: Theoretical approaches -AND- Alternative media: The life support of journalism in Turkey

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2017-08-23
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Essay 1: “Alternative Media and Alternative Journalism: Theoretical Approaches” sets the theoretical framework of two interrelated essays that seek to understand the democratic significance of alternative journalism in Turkey. The essay first examines the process- and content-oriented approaches outlining how they define alternative media and conceptualize alternative media’s democratizing potentials. Next, the essay presents some of the characteristics of alternative journalism such as native reporting and inverting the hierarchy of access as well as discussions around journalistic objectivity and funding in relation to the process- and content-oriented approaches. The essay argues that while different theorizations enable us to understand the democratic significance of alternative media and alternative journalism, in practice, they should not be used as a definitive criterion due to the dynamic and context -bound nature of alternative media. Communities and social movements may prioritize or combine these approaches depending on their needs and goals. Essay 2: “Alternative Media: The Life Support of Journalism in Turkey” applies the theories explored in the first essay to the Turkish context, focusing particularly on the period under the rule of the Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (The Justice and Development Party- AKP) which came to power in 2003.The essay argues that in the absence of a functioning mainstream media in Turkey, alternative media and alternative journalism take on the watchdog and information roles which are attributed to mainstream media in liberal theories. Furthermore, they act as a rhizome for different dissident groups and change the epistemology of traditional journalism by broadening the definition of news, adopting news values that are more relevant for their audiences and changing the sourcing routines. Finally, they offer a suitable venue of collaboration between scholars and activists in order to develop a more dynamic and responsible form of journalism.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Robert Hackett
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School of Communication
Thesis type: 
(Extended Essays) M.A.

Are community radios democratically organized? An analysis of Vancouver Co-operative Radio

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2017-08-21
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Community radio is believed to have the potential to advance participatory communication, and therefore to promote social democracy. This research asks whether community radios are democratically organized in the realization of their mandate to promote wider community democratization. Through the case study of Vancouver Co- operative Radio, how community radios organized themselves and what challenges for democratic organizations in practice are discussed.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Katherine Reilly
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School of Communication
Thesis type: 
(Extended Essay) M.A.

Painting Identity and Resistance: Muralism in Puerto Rico

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2017-08-28
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The mural Grabadores por Grabadores (Printmakers for Printmakers) existed as a popular wall in the city of San Juan. The group Artistas Solidarixs y en Resistencia transformed it into La Puerta (The Door) to oppose the imposition of Bill H.R 5278, better known as PROMESA. This study analyzes the reception to both murals and discusses whether Grabadores por Grabadores existed as a site of identity, while La Puerta exists as a site of resistance. Employing Armando Silva’s concept of exhibición, encuadre y mirada ciudadana this work unveils how the artists exposed their imaginario urbano. It also examines the perceived impact of the transformation on Puerto Rican citizenship, focusing on whether the murals existed as sites of identity, resistance, neither, or both.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Adel Iskandar
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School of Communication
Thesis type: 
(Extended Essay) M.A.

The Rise of Chinese Transnational ICT Corporations: The Case of Huawei

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2017-07-28
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This dissertation considers the case of Huawei Technologies, a China-based transnational ICT corporation, as a microcosm to investigate the rise of China’s ICT corporate power and its relevant global implications. By focusing on the interrelation of transnational capital, state and class, this study aims to understand how China’s most competitive ICT firm was born and developed, how it forged connections with the Chinese state and intertwined with the trajectory of China’s ICT development, and how it responded to various forces of corporate China’s globalization and evolving geopolitical economic tensions. This dissertation establishes the transnational corporation as an analytical unit and places the emphasis on Huawei’s corporate activities and structure, including the firm’s domestic capital accumulation, international expansion, technological capability development, organizational structures and labor process. It argues that the rise of Huawei was closely tied to the turns and twists of China’s digital revolution. It came to symbolize a continuity of China’s nation-centric developmental strategy and the legacies of self-reliant development on the one hand, and was enmeshed with the country’s aspirations of reintegration into transnational digital capitalism on the other. The company’s strategy of internationalization, in conjunction with the Chinese state’s outward expansion, illustrates a peculiar logic, pattern and ramification of Chinese capital’s outward expansion. By investigating the dynamics and contradictions of Huawei’s capital accumulation, this dissertation also foregrounds the geoeconomic and geopolitical tensions arising from the globalization of China’s corporate power. This case suggests a potential realignment of the global political economic order. Huawei’s story sheds light on certain indigenous experiences and distinguishing features that contribute to a path-breaking model of development. The firm’s path to technological innovation provides an example to look into the possibility of nurturing a self-reliant model of technological development in the context of China’s industrial restructuring. Its innovative design of the ownership structure also illustrates a distinct corporate structure and managerial practices with Chinese characteristics. This dissertation concludes that at the core of China’s path-breaking model lies in local alternatives and indigenous agencies that have the ability to insist on self-reliant, open-minded, innovation-oriented development strategies.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Yuezhi Zhao
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School of Communication
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) Ph.D.

Treading the Line: Seeking balance in information sharing and privacy in ActionADE

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Date created: 
2017-07-13
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Patient data in health care offers both opportunities and challenges that benefit from study through a sociotechnical lens. This thesis examines issues related to data sharing and privacy in the context of the development and implementation of ActionADE, a system designed to enable the communication and documentation of adverse drug events (ADEs), which are the harmful and unintended consequences of medication use. This thesis first explores the current policy environment surrounding health data privacy in British Columbia as it relates to ActionADE, and then contributes patient perceptions and attitudes about data sharing and privacy in the context of ActionADE through an analysis of focus group data. This thesis results in a series of recommendations for ActionADE, in order to identify information sharing preferences, privacy concerns, and policy constraints at the outset, striking a balance between the need to both disclose and protect personal health information.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Ellen Balka
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School of Communication
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.