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Unheard Voices: An Ethnographic Study of Childhood Onset Disability, Cerebral Palsy, Society, and Medicine
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability among children, yet little is understood about this disability throughout the lifespan, from childhood into adulthood. Young adults with CP are facing ...
Centering C-Section Narratives in Birth Discourse
This thesis examines narratives of C-section experiences to understand the personal perspective of a national conversation on medicalized birth. Birth statistics, child health, and reproductive rights, are often the focus ...
No, Really: What is Cosplay?
In cosplay, one dresses up as a fictional character among fellow sci-fi/fantasy enthusiasts. This study examines the socio-physical experience of cosplay as a stylized self-performance of identity—as opposed to the popular ...
Off the Hook: The Social Inequities Inherent in Savannah River Mercury Fish Advisories
This thesis builds upon my findings of mercury contamination in the Savannah River (summarized in Chapter I and Chapter II) by examining the mercury exposure from fish consumption in the Savannah River. I examine the ...
Waste Traffic(ing): An anthropological analysis of one situated event in the environmental justice discourse
This narrative examines the repercussions of the proposal to build a solid waste facility in an environmental justice community. It documents one solid waste transfer station s permitting process required by Massachuse ...
Nikkei-ness: A Cyber-Ethnographic Exploration of Identity Among the Japanese Peruvians of Peru
Transnational migration has led to a situation in which humans can no longer form an identity based on location. The nikkei of Peru, or Japanese immigrants and their descendents, are an example of this circumstance. ...
To Be and Neeg bi: Discourses on Home in Senegal
An experimental ethnography that uses various literary genres, as well as visual documentation, to express the plurality of discourses on home in contemporary Senegal, particularly among migrant populations.
Being a "Local Hero": An Ethnography of the Local Food System/Movement in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts
In the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, it is easy to discern the importance of local agriculture and food to the local community. Cars and businesses exclaim messages such as, “Be a Local Hero,” and “We Support Local ...
Education in Exile: Cultural Preservation and Promotion Among Tibetan Refugees in India
Education is a key part of forming a national identity, particularly for diasporic communities. Through ethnographic research at the Central of Tibetan Studies (CUTS) in Sarnath, India, I examine how CUTS preserves and ...
Decolonizing English: Reimagining English Language Learning and Teaching through Critical Pedagogies
At the turn of the century, nearly a quarter of the world’s population (1.5 billion people) was estimated to speak English with some fluency. English has gained an official or special status in at least seventy-five countries ...