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Lighten up: Exploring Skin Lightening Practices among Canadian South Asian Woman
This thesis examines how and why South Asian women decide to engage in the beauty practice of skin lightening within Canada. Skin lightening involves the use of products, treatments and procedures to lighten, whiten and ...
Interconnections and Uneasy Alliances Between the Black and South Asian Diasporas: A Study of Hip Hop Videos, Film and Literature
This dissertation challenges the belief that racialized communities do immediately support and identify with each other; my research on the Black and South Asian diasporas unearths the Orientalist thoughts and anti-Black ...
Queer and Trans Madness: Biomedical and Social Perspectives on Mental Distress
Queer and trans people have a particularly fraught relationship to the concept of ‘mental illness’ due to the longstanding and ongoing pathologizing of gender and sexual dissidence. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and trans ...
Reading the Superhuman, Embodiments of Multiplicity in Marvel Comics
The goal of this project is to identify, analyze and historicize the operation of embodied multiplicities within superhero comics from the postwar era using the example of comics produced by the Marvel group between 1961 ...
QTBIPOC Interventions in Fibromyalgic Presents: Critically Exploring Gendered, Racial and Neoliberal Regimes of Knowledge in Medical Understandings of Fibromyalgia
This dissertation asks how fibromyalgia, a chronic illness that is admittedly unknown, unknowable, and undetectable by medical knowledge and technologies comes to be known as fibromyalgia by the medical system. By prioritizing ...