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  • “Masks off”- Why Finland joined NATO A discourse analysis of Finnish NATO membership discourse during the Russian invasion of Ukraine 

    Pajari, Matti (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2023-06-02)
    On May 17, 2022, Finland sent a membership application for NATO. This was a historic decision that will change the European security environment and relations in the High North. It was also a historically surprising turn of events, given Finland's long-lasting policy of neutrality, and the fact that in the autumn of 2021 only 26 percent of Finns supported the NATO membership. This thesis aims ...
  • Minority Rights Matter: A Critical Discourse Analysis into Which Major Factors Led to the Proposed anti-LGBTQ+ Bill in Ghana 

    Martin-Sackey, Herbert (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2023-05-15)
    This study seeks to examine the proposed anti-LGBTQ+ Bill, introduced to the Ghanaian Parliament in 2021 entitled Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights, and Ghanaian Family Values Bill,2021. The main objective of the study is to trace the reasons leading to the introduction of the proposed Bill and to propose recommendations, borrowing from Peace study approaches, to affecting the LGBTQ+ community ...
  • From cultural appropriation to cultural appreciation - Case study of a tiki bar in Norway 

    Dubroux, Emilie (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2023-05-09)
    As presented by UNESCO (2021) "the protection of culture is not only a cultural issue; it has become a security imperative". This thesis by following the UNESCO Recommendation, refers to the fields of culture, cultural representations, critical studies through the theory of decolonisation of knowledge. Using concepts of cultural appropriation, cultural appreciation, escapism, and colonial nostalgia ...
  • Anti-populism in times of recurring crises An analysis of ‘New Democracy’s political discourse 

    Dimitrakopoulos, Nikolaos (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2023-05-15)
    This study examines the use of the signifier "populism" in the political discourse of New Democracy, Greece's ruling party, and attempts to connect it to broader political and ideological antagonisms and goals. Specifically, the study focuses on a 42-month period during which three significant consecutive crises occurred and attempts to identify the specific meanings and functions that "populism" ...
  • “If I write I must tell the truth as I know it” - Gender, Conflict, and Nationalism in Women's Memoirs of the Easter Rising 

    Heaven, Rhiannon (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2023-05-15)
    The Easter Rising was a pivotal moment in the fight for Irish independence and retains a potent place in Irish Republican mythology. Memory of the Rising has frequently centered the men, particularly those who were executed in its aftermath and so became Republican martyrs. This thesis explores Republican women’s memories of the Rising, through analysis of four memoirs of the period. I identify six ...
  • Beyond the Uniform: Analysing the Nexus of Privilege-based Violence and Militarisation of Public Security in the Context of the Colombian Protests of 2019 & 2021 

    Johansson, Per-Albin (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2023-05-14)
    "Beyond the Uniform: Analysing the Nexus of Privilege Violence and Militarisation of Public Security in the Context of Colombian Protests of 2019 & 2021" explores the impact of militarisation on civil-military relations during the Colombian protests of 2019 and 2021. The study analyses the behaviour of state security forces, with particular emphasis on traditional law and order maintenance police ...
  • Tilrettelagt innhenting – necessary to ensure national security, or an unreasonable incursion into Norwegian’s privacy? 

    Rangel-Halvorssen, Sebastian Leonard (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2023-05-14)
    The introduction of bulk interception (in Norwegian: “tilrettelagt innhenting”) into the Norwegian intelligence service’s toolbox represents both a continuation of the long-standing security-liberty debate, and a significant development in Norwegian security policy. This development puts Norwegian democracy in a new and difficult situation to navigate, in order to achieve a proper balance of ...
  • Disagreement and Cooperation between Norway and Russia in the Svalbard Fisheries Protection Zone – An Analysis of Complex Interdependence in the Barents Sea 

    Bolduc, Ian (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2023-05-14)
    The Svalbard Treaty confers full and absolute sovereignty of Svalbard’s land and territorial waters of the Svalbard archipelago to Norway. It also stipulates that all states that have ratified the Treaty enjoy equal right of access to the land and the territorial waters. Following the development in the Law of the Sea in the seventies, which allowed coastal states to establish an exclusive economic ...
  • Sámi Yoik and Fela Kuti's Afrobeat: An Ethnographic Study of Music as a Medium for Activism 

    Aluola, Philip (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2023-05-15)
    Sámi yoik and Fela Kuti's Afrobeat are the subjects of this thesis, which examines music as a form of activism through an ethnographic lens. The study's primary focus is an anthropological examination of Sámi music performances and oral histories. The Sámi are an indigenous people that live in northern Fennoscandia, which includes Norway, Finland, Sweden, and the Russian Kola Peninsula. The Federal ...
  • Norwegian-speaking Sami and Russian-speaking Kazakh young adults: a comparative study of identities 

    Koshmagambetova, Aikhanym (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2023-05-22)
    In the given thesis, the identities of the Norwegaian-speaking Sami and the Russian-speaking Kazakh young adults are analysed in relation to their first languages' influence on the identity formation. The research is conducted by interviewing 10 representatives of the given groups and applying thematic analysis to the data gathered. The given reserach contributes to understanding how do ethnic ...
  • Home away from home: A visual participatory project exploring what young people with refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds communicate about their everyday lives in London. 

    Doggett, Charlotte Rose (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2023-05-15)
    This thesis concerns the ways in which young people with refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds navigate new places, negotiating conflict and creating paths to peace in London. Those with the most proximate experiences of migration are often excluded from peacebuilding processes. Coloniality entangled into the praxis of peace and conflict fashions a dogma in which Global North understandings of peace ...
  • Examining Jair Bolsonaro’s socio-environmental policies in the Amazon 

    Bergersen, Eskil (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2023-05-15)
    From the start of 2019, when Jair Bolsonaro had become president of Brazil, the new administration has made significant social and political changes. Changes to government structures, institutions, indigenous rights, environmental policy, and territorial claims has intensified conflict nationally. Major changes made by the Bolsonaro administration has caused reactions from both civil society groups, ...
  • The Legal Fragmentation of Migrant Smuggling: A study on the compatibility between two legal regimes on migrant smuggling 

    Jonsson, Moa Skasberg (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2023-05-15)
    Migrant smuggling has resulted in unprecedented levels of peacetime defensive actions. This is because migrant smuggling is generally considered both the cause and consequence of grave human rights violations. Another reason can be found in the right of States to determine who their residents and future citizens are, and the threat migrant smuggling is to that right. Migrant smuggling has therefore ...
  • THE ROLE OF WORK AND THE SENSE OF ECONOMIC FREEDOM AMONG REFUGEE WOMEN WITH FAMILIES IN TROMSØ, NORWAY 

    Ofosuhene, Adjoa Korankyiwa (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2023-05-14)
    The thesis reflects on the discussions surrounding refugee participation in work. Furthermore, the thesis seeks to find out the experiences of refugee women after five years of work participation. Focusing on their personal empowerment, relationship with children, changing ideals about femininities across transnational spaces, and creation of social networks, the thesis explores how these factors ...
  • A thematic analysis of Norway's strategy of deterrence and assurance towards Russia during the war in Ukraine 

    Folgerø, Hauk (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2023-05-14)
    Norway has sought a balancing strategy towards Russia since joining NATO in 1949. Deterring measures through NATO has been followed by assuring measures to ease tensions between both Norway and Russia, and NATO and Russia. During Russian aggression, most notably the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Norway sought greater integration with NATO, and has shifted towards a greater focus on measures of ...
  • Donald Trump's Rhetoric Concerning Black Lives Matter: Constructing a Security Threat. 

    Bartel, David Israel (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2023-05-13)
    In the Summer of 2020, mass protests occurred throughout the United States in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of law enforcement. This incident sparked a lot of contradicting discourse when speaking about the BLM movement and what was happening around the nation. At the height of it all, the President of the United States warned those who were participating in the ...
  • Decree 546 and Female Imprisonment in Colombia: Considering the Impact of Empty Policy on Institutional Trust 

    Castaño-Metal, Daniela (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2022-11-26)
    What happens to institutional trust when fundamental human rights are not respected by the laws meant to protect them? The social and political environment spurred by the Covid 19 pandemic proved difficult for policymakers and the public alike, but perhaps those with the least agency fared the worst, prisoners. This thesis theorizes the concept of loss of institutional trust as a consequence ...
  • The Dagbon chieftaincy conflict in Northern Ghana: analyzing the role of the Committee of Eminent Chiefs to the restoration of peace in Dagbon. 

    Abideen, Abdul-Rauf AZ (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2022-11-15)
    This study focuses on the Dagbon chieftaincy succession dispute between the Andani and the Abudu royal gates in the Northern Region of Ghana. The chieftaincy succession dispute between these two royal gates has existed since 1953. After what appeared to be unchecked rivalry even before Ghana attained political independence, the conflict festered and saw the murder of the overlord King of Dagbon Ya ...
  • An analysis of social media as an instrument of social change: a case of the EndSARS protest 

    Lawal, Shukurah Oluwatobi (Mastergradsoppgave; Master thesis, 2022-11-14)
    The EndSARS protest movement took place in Nigeria from the 8th to the 20th of October 2020. The protest movement had clear objectives and goals, and utilized digital media, technology, and networks to coordinate and organize. Its extensive use of digital tools was not witnessed before in the history of social movements in Nigeria. Recognizing this, I conducted a media analysis of the protest to ...
  • I love freedom! - The Role of Art in Social Movements: Women's Strike Protests in Poland 2020 

    Kądrzycka, Aleksandra Karolina (Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2022-11-12)
    Thesis refers to the fields of art, social science, and politics and the role of artworks in social movements. It emphasizes the meaning and power of art in social movements. Using the concepts of structural violence, protest art, artivism, and transformative power of art as theoretical background as well as multimodal discourse analysis as methodology, it provides answers to research questions. ...

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