Arts and Social Sciences Papers

This collection houses research from Te Kura Toi School of Arts, Te Kura Whatu Oho Mauri School of Psychology, and Te Kura Aronui School of Social Sciences at the University of Waikato.

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    Go hard, go early: Alternatives to the treatment model for addressing poverty, inequality and mental distress in Aotearoa New Zealand
    (Journal Article, New Zealand Psychological Society, 2021) Stolte, Ottilie Emma Elisabeth
    This discussion article is based on a paper presented at the Community Psychology Symposium as part of the 2021 New Zealand Psychology Conference. In this article, I reflect on my teaching praxis, widening inequalities, and on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for psychology. Currently, the lack of mental health sector capacity and the shortage of some 1000 psychologists, poses a significant conundrum. This article revisits Albee's critique, "that no mass disease or disorder has ever been controlled or eliminated through individual treatment" (2005, p.37), and in so doing I reflect on what community psychology can contribute at this point in history.
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    The role of helplines in the anti-trafficking space: Examining contacts to a major ‘modern slavery’ hotline
    (Journal Article, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2024) Cockbain, Ella; Tompson, Lisa
    Although increasingly deployed worldwide, human trafficking hotlines are sorely under-researched. Situated within a complex systems framework, we conceptualise such helplines as both a product of and an influence on broader anti-trafficking ecosystems. Taking the UK as a case study, we undertook exploratory analysis of potential ‘modern slavery’ cases (n=3,613) reported to a major independent anti-trafficking helpline. We examined who seeks help, why and what follows. Contrary to stereotypes, relatively few cases involved sexual exploitation. Many case characteristics varied significantly by exploitation type. Reports about car washes and beauty services heavily influenced overall trends, likely reflecting intense public focus on these sites. Most cases involved adults. Although people self-reporting exploitation are the core target audience, only around 1 in 10 cases derived from self-reports (with higher rates for domestic servitude). We show how third-party reporters vary in their proximity to the people about whom they raise concerns – who themselves may or may not self-identify as victims and/or welcome intervention. Findings around onward action both show a whole-systems response to addressing complex needs and raise difficult tensions around risks of police involvement. Our key contributions include showing what can (and cannot) presently be assessed from such helpline data, proposing a future research agenda and providing a tangible illustration of what it means to theorise helplines as a part of a complex system of anti-trafficking activity. We highlight how their central goal of victim support can be enabled and constrained by wider policies, funding decisions and other structures.
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    The Pepsi‐Jenner disaster: Translation and collaboration in global image markets
    (Journal Article, Wiley, 2022-06) Isaacs, Bronwyn
    In April 2017, Pepsi released a video commercial featuring the American celebrity Kendall Jenner that rapidly ballooned into a pop culture moment with international import. The infamous commercial begins with a soft rock backing track and a young man playing the cello against an unspecified city skyline. The next scene is a clean-cut, multi-ethnic crowd of marching young people. Smiling and fist-pumping under their fedora hats and headscarves, the students are waving signs with slogans including ‘Join the conversation’ and ‘Peace’. As the music crescendos, the students face off in front of a silent line of police. A smiling Jenner then places a can of Pepsi in the muscled hands of a young male officer dressed in an American-style police uniform. A moment of shock. Silence. Then, inexplicably, the protesters burst forth in cheers and dancing.
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    Response to Questionnaire - Focus: Taiwan
    (Journal Article, Foreign Policy Research Center, 2021) Rolls, Mark G.
    The desire of China to potentially invade Taiwan, mirroring historical actions like the annexation of Tibet, is met with significant challenges due to the unique circumstances surrounding Taiwan's status. Recent incursions into Taiwan's airspace by the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) coincide with domestic and international factors, including President Xi's political positioning and international tensions. Despite President Biden's ambiguous statements, the U.S. exhibits a firm stance in supporting Taiwan, albeit with occasional policy confusion. Japan, recognizing the strategic importance of Taiwan, strengthens ties and prepares for potential conflict. European Union support for Taiwan grows amid concerns about China's global behavior. Taiwan faces external pressure from China to limit its diplomatic ties and international engagement. Efforts by countries like India to strengthen ties with Taiwan risk provoking China and complicating existing regional tensions. Despite international challenges, Taiwan remains resilient, seeking diplomatic support and strategic partnerships to counter Chinese pressure and maintain its sovereignty.
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    'Music Video TARDIS' (presentation for Te Kura Toi Research Webinar)
    (Conference Contribution, University of Waikato, 2021-10-13) Perrott, Lisa
    'Music Video TARDIS' is an oral and audiovisual presentation, forming 50% of the Te Kura Toi Research Webinar which was presented to a public audience via Zoom on 13 October 2021. The audience included University of Waikato students and staff and members from the wider community. The event was publicised via University of Waikato and School of Arts publicity modes. This publication output was peer reviewed by Te Kura Toi Research co-ordinator Mark Houlahan. Abstract: 2. Arguing that music video is a hybrid audiovisual form that travels across mediums, genres, time and space, Lisa Perrott draws on recent theorisation of transmedia, remediation and dispersed authorship as a frame for examining the expansion of music video. By exploring the collaborative assemblage of music video directors, musicians and fans, Lisa presents examples of her research, portraying music video as a hybrid and transitory artform with porous borders. She argues that far from serving merely as light entertainment or a marketing tool, music video also functions as a kind of TARDIS – a vehicle for the representation, performativity and transit of diverse identities and complex signifiers that bleed into our daily lives.
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