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Kyle Matthews, PhD Candidate

KyleMatthews

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Email: kyle.matthews@otago.ac.nzTwitter: @jitsnz

Youth activism in New Zealand: Radicalism and the political constraints ofneoliberalism.

Abstract

Adopting a Political Activist Ethnography approach, with knowledge production grounded in the voices of actors, this thesis will explore the way in which young activists in New Zealand use the political boundaries between ‘acceptable’ and ‘radical’ political theories, approaches and actions in their work.
Key questions are about the constraints of political agency in the neoliberal context; the definition and boundaries of mainstream and radical contexts; and the goals that activists set and the theories, beliefs, praxis and methods they use in moving between them.

Supervisors

Associate Professor Karen Nairn (Primary Supervisor)
Dr Sophie Bond (Secondary Supervisor)