Among the 30 theses submitted in January 2007, four theses were seleced to be published in the Centre working paper series. The theses are:
LiLian Lau, Poverty and Sustainability Issues of Microfinance
in China: A Case Study in Fu’an, Fujian
LiLian Lau’s thesis deals with the very topical issue of microfinance and micro insurance in China and contributes to the field in the specific Chinese context. The thesis is based on a case study of a NGO providing micro credits in rural China. The author is well reflected with respect to the methods applied, data collection, sample characteristics as well as limitations. The thesis provides an excellent review of the field and formulates a strong argument for microfinance as a means for poverty relief.
Louise Nolle, The Two-Sided Family: The Impact of the Family
and Everyday Life on Women's Political Participation in Rural Karnataka
Louise Nolle’s thesis gives a richly contextualised analysis of the nature and scope of women’s political participation in the South Indian state of Karnataka. The thesis reveals a commendable awareness and sensitivity during fieldwork and interviews. The core of the fieldwork consists of the political life stories of nine women elected to the local governance system, Panchayati Raj. The thesis provides new findings with respect to how women negotiate family life and political work. The thesis advances the notion of proxy, according to which the husband does most of the political work on behalf of his wife.
Andreas Tibrand, Representations-Practice-Spectatorship: A
Study of Haptic Relations between Independent Cinema and Market-led
Urbanization in Contemporary China
Andreas Tibrand’s thesis is a highly sophisticated analysis of the relationship between independent cinema and market led urbanisation in China. The author has an excellent grasp of the theoretical field of film and cultural studies and is based in particular on the theories of Henri Lefebvre and Michel de Certau. The thesis yields important new insights with respect to film production in China and how this is related to and reflected in representations of modernity. The study contributes to our understanding of cinematic productions in China and more generally to visual studies on space, representation, and spectatorship.
Elizabeth Williams Oerberg, The ‘Paradox’ of Being Young in
New Delhi: Urban Middle Class Youth Negotiations with Popular Indian Film
Elizabeth Williams Oerberg's thesis provides a valuable contribution to our understanding of how urban middle class youth in India relate to cinematic images about romantic love and marriage. The thesis discusses how young people’s views about sexuality and gender are negotiated, and the interplay between traditional moral values and globalization. The author has conducted extensive fieldwork in India resulting in primary material derived from participatory observation, interviews, and audience reception analysis. The thesis makes excellent use of theories on gender and filmic representation that inform the analysis of the empirical material.
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