Anthropology MA students research profiles

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Colette Holdorf

Working title: On the socio-economic relationships of the Mid-Canterbury Thoroughbred racing industry.

Supervisors:
Primary supervisor: Dr. Piers Locke
Co-supervisor: Prof. Patrick McAllister

Contact details: colette.holdorf@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Thesis summary:
The aim of this research is primarily to explore and map the network of relations that exist within and between the different sectors of the Thoroughbred racing industry in Selwyn district. This includes researching the practical ways in which these social actors relate to horses and interact with each other within the context of the industry, as well as their motivation.

Areas of interest:
Communities and sub-cultures, reciprocity, risk-taking, liminality and apprenticeship, ritual, kinship, anthropomorphism, role of women.

Samantha Eason

Working title: Alternative Elephant Tourism and Social Media in Thailand.

Supervisors:
Primary supervisor: Dr. Piers Locke
Co-supervisor: Dr Sue Tait and Dr Jim Ockey

Contact details: samantha.eason@canterbury.ac.nz

Thesis summary:
The aim of this thesis is to produce an ethnography of the encounters between tourists and elephants at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. In particular this research investigates how and why the encounters between people and elephants in this sanctuary lead to long-lasting, mutually-beneficial relationships, and how the sanctuary has built a strong community of supporters. These relationships, however, aren't only formed in person but also through online interactions.


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