45 results for Papoutsaki, Evangelia

  • Akoaga : efficacy, agency, achievement and success in the tertiary sector : focus on students and parents from Pasifika communities

    Marat, Deepa; Papoutsaki, Evangelia; Latu, Savae; Aumua, Linda; Talakai, Malia; Sun, Kang (2011-01-01)

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    The term akoaga has a pan-Polynesian origin and meaning. In the Samoan language, the term can be broken into two root words, ako and aga. Ako or ato means basket and aga means measurements associated with weaving.

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  • Social Media and Online Activism in Kazakhstan: A New Challenge for Authoritarianism

    Beisembayeva, Dila; Papoutsaki, Evangelia; Kolesova, Elena (2013)

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    The internet provides new channels for citizen voices, expression of minority viewpoints, and political mobilisation. In Egypt, Russia, Syria and China, blogs, online forums, Facebook and Twitter already provide citizens with a new form of public sphere and alternative source of news and information, which are seen as a new platform for exchanging news.This research paper is drawing data from blogging sites and printed media which reported on the worst civic conflict in the post-soviet history of Kazakhstan. During the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan's independence, oil workers in the town of Zhanaozen clashed with the state police. This sparked an increased online activity of Kazakh bloggers and political activists. As a result of this engagement, the Kazakh officials took the county's top bloggers to the town itself in the hope of getting some positive feedback online. Consequently, many of them backed the government's assertions. This example signified both the importance of the active online Kazakh community and the government's realisation of the importance of online engagement with its citizens.What can we learn from the Zhanaozen case about the role of online social media in political transformation in Kazakhstan? What is the role of the Kazakh government in controlling the political dissent using the cyberspace? This research will contribute to a better understanding of the current political processes in Kazakhstan, and will demonstrate the relation between the increased use of online social media and the political activism in Kazakhstan

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  • Identity, Responsibility, then Politics: The Uyghur Diaspora, Facebook and the Construction of Identity Online

    Nur-Muhammad, Rizwangul; Dodson, Giles; Papoutsaki, Evangelia; Horst, Heather (2013)

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    How is social media being used by Uyghurs to facilitate the construction of diasporic identity? What characteristics does the emergent diasporic identity exhibit?

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  • Introduction : representation and voice in a complex communication environment

    Dodson, Giles; Papoutsaki, Evangelia (2014-12-22)

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    Representation is, of course, a central analytical concept with media, communication and cultural inquiry. The centrality of representation – of expression, mediation, institutional form and cultural negotiation - to issues of public debate and engagement, the quality of our media and to the measure of human agency and of our institutions is a notion that grounds our research and inquiry at Unitec. Representation is a central foundation of our research strategy and a central theme of this collection. A parallel interest and sensitivity to the place of voice within contemporary communicative practices provides a second foundational concept for our research activities. With an interest in voice we are focusing our attention on individuals, agencies and institutions and processes of ‘self’ and ‘collective’ representation that voicing implies, particularly in response to experiences or conditions of marginality (Couldry, 2010). Here, voice is understood as capacity and agency, in as much as it implies the communicative or representational act itself. Likewise, representation is an important way in which our voice can be heard. We feel strongly that how voices are intervening from the margins within contemporary New Zealand is a centrally important dynamic to be analysed and understood. We feel our Department is strongly placed to make significant contributions in this area and this collection stakes this claim.

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  • Race, racism in everyday communication in Aotearoa / New Zealand

    Revell, Elisabeth; Papoutsaki, Evangelia; Kolesova, Elena (2014-12-22)

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    This essay is based on theories of ‘new racism’, which explain how race and racism continue to play an integral role in our lives, but in subtle and often hidden ways. This approach informs the discussion in this essay that focuses on some of the issues that emerged from a critical collaborative autoethnographic project that explored how race is manifested in everyday communication interactions in New Zealand. The discussion, more specifically, draws on what we call here ‘conversational tact’ and its three sub-themes of ‘everyday racialised ethnic terms’, ‘the everyday racialised use of ethnic stereotypes’, and ‘everyday censorship and silence around race in conversation’. These themes have been chosen as the focus of this essay because they sit together under a larger theme that looks at the way in which people communicate race through their everyday patterns of speech and vocabulary in New Zealand and help us unmask ‘racial micro aggressions’ (DeAngelis, 2009; Sue et al, 2007).

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  • The migrant and the media : maintaining cultural identity through ethnic media

    Noronha, Sandra; Papoutsaki, Evangelia (2014-12-22)

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    Evidence shows that mainstream media in New Zealand does not fully address the communication needs of these ethnic groups nor does it represent them in a balanced way (Robie, 2009). This is where ethnic, migrant, diaspora media play an important and supporting role by providing an alternative to an increasingly homogenised mainstream media. For ethnic communities, access to such media gives them an avenue to understand more clearly issues affecting their community, a stronger sense of identity and social cohesion and a connection to a perceived transnational community. While there is an increasing concern that mainstream media fails to reflect migrant issues and concerns, a plethora of migrant media exists in parallel that helps fill this gap (Williamson and DeSouza, 2006). Auckland alone has a vibrant ethnic media scene with media spread across print, radio, and web. Its strong Pacific Islands population, for instance, has created a lively media scene with a strong radio and online media presence contributing to the creation of a distinctive cultural diasporic identity (Papoutsaki and Strickland, 2008). With this background, this essay explores the function of different migrant media in New Zealand drawing examples from across the board with a particular focus on Indian media. This includes traditional media (i.e. print, TV, magazine, and radio), and online media. In this, the traditional communication networks of ethnic community and religious associations and their use of web, films and events is also taken into consideration. By exploring the role, challenges and potential of ethnic media, this essay seeks to understand how these media represent the diverse voices of migrant groups, in addition to providing content relevant to their needs as migrants (i.e. content that counterbalances the mainstream host culture as it is represented in the mainstream media).

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  • Communication issues in Aotearoa New Zealand : a collection of research essays

    Dodson, Giles; Papoutsaki, Evangelia (2014-12-22)

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    This edited volume introduces highlights of the academic interests and research activities of a number of staff at Unitec’s Department of Communication Studies, demonstrating the breadth and scope of the engagement of this academic collective with contemporary communication issues. Edited by Giles Dodson and Evangelia Papoutsaki, it is clear from the work that communication in Aotearoa New Zealand remains complex and continually under negotiation, as this country continues to be formed and reformed by processes of cultural encounter, by political and institutional change and by voices seeking to assert, to contest and to claim their presence – to represent and to be represented within contemporary New Zealand.

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  • Ethnic Migrant Media Forum 2014 : curated proceedings. “Are we reaching all New Zealanders?". Exploring the role, benefits, challenges & potential of ethnic media in New Zealand

    Papoutsaki, Evangelia; Kolesova, Elena; Stephenson, Laura (2017-03-03)

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    These curated proceedings present what was discussed during the Ethnic Migrant Media Forum, a one-day event hosted by the Department of Communication Studies at Unitec Institute of Technology’s Mt Albert campus in 2014. It is also an attempt to provide an analysis of what was discussed by identifying a number of emerging themes. This publication brings together the curated statements by ethnic media practitioners, academics, and industry representatives involved with ethnic media in New Zealand, presenting a host of issues on ethnic media’s role within the country’s bicultural and multicultural context and organised around the three key themes: 1) Defining ethnic, migrant, diasporic media – what does it mean, who is it, what communities does it represent? 2) Roles and aims of ethnic media – why does ethnic media matter, who does it matter for and what role does ethnic media play in NZ? 3) Impact, challenges and potential – how can ethnic media be used more effectively, what are the challenges and potential? An introductory chapter by forum organisers and this publication’s editors, A/Prof. Evangelia Papoutsaki and Dr Elena Kolesova, presents a background context against which these themes are situated, while Dr Peter Thompson from Victoria University contributes a discussion chapter that brings in a different perspective. Selected information presented by Niche Media at the start of the forum is presented in infographics. Featuring panel discussion highlights and statements from participants, including: Dr Ruth De Souza (keynote address) Dr Arezou Zalipour Dr Camille Nakhid Fezeela Raza Dr Francis Collins David Soh Rene Molina Roshila Prasad Terri Byrne Mary Dawson Carol Hayward Lynda Chanwai-Earle Sue Elliott Mary Lose Dr Prue Cruickshank Rebecca Palmer Stephen Stehlin Taiha Molyneux Sandra Noronha Lisa Taouma Martin Pouwels Hao Peng Naoe Hashimoto Setita Miller Stefan Herrick

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  • Evaluating the impact of the catalyst model on urban community development : a case study of the LIN Center for Community Development in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Doan-Bau, Chau; Papoutsaki, Evangelia; Dodson, Giles (2017-02)

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    Integrated model of measuring the process of applying the participatory communication approach and its outcomes (Figueroa, Kincaid, Rani, & Lewis, 2002). 1. Leadership 2. Degree and equity of participation 3. Information equity 4. Collective self-efficacy 5. Sense of ownership 6. Social cohesion 7. Social norms

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  • A review of the Pacific media landscape: A baseline study

    Papoutsaki, Evangelia; Thomas, V.; Horst, H.; Tacchi, J.; Noske-Turner, J.; Eggins, J. (2017-05-10T05:39:32Z)

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    This article draws upon the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS) State of Media and Communication Report to examine the implications of a changing media landscape for journalism practice in the Pacific region. The report contributes to an understanding of the diverse media and communications environments in the Pacific Islands (PI) region and captures aspects of the variations both in media, and in context, across and within the 14 Pacific Islands countries. This article highlights the need for synergies in the Pacific Islands to strengthen legislation, capacity-building initiatives and content production in a fast-changing digital environment.

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  • Relational accountability in indigenizing visual research for participatory communication

    Thomas, V.; Eggins, J.; Papoutsaki, Evangelia (2017-05-10T05:39:30Z)

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    This article argues that an indigenous approach to communication research allows us to re-think academic approaches of engaging in and evaluating participatory communication research. It takes as its case study the Komuniti Tok Piksa project undertaken in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. The project explores ways in which visual methods when paired with a community action approach embedded within an indigenous framework can be used to facilitate social change through meaningful participation. It involves communities to narrate their experiences in regard to HIV and AIDS and assists them in designing and recording their own messages. Local researchers are trained in using visual tools to facilitate this engagement with the communities.

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  • ICTs in climate change communication in the Pacific Islands

    Harris, U.; Papoutsaki, Evangelia; Kailahi, S. (2017-05-10T05:39:41Z)

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    Community participation is essential to effectively address communities’ needs in relation to climate change. Conventional media forms that are easily accessible in the Pacfic Islands region, including digital media, require strategic integration of both message creation and dissemination with stakeholder inclusion. This article argues that use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) not only enables information dissemination, but also invites local participation in communicative processes. Greater citizen engagement in content creation improves community understanding of the issues around climate change by including local perspectives, cultural knowledge, and concerns specific to the area. Recording, sharing, and discussing these changes in community settings will inform new thinking, with the potential to change perceptions and attitudes toward this urgent problem.

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  • Old and New Media in the Pacific Islands : synergies, challenges and potential

    Papoutsaki, Evangelia; Cass, Philip; Matbob, Patrick (2016-07)

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    The Pacific Islands region contains very diverse geographic, socio-cultural, political and communication ecologies. Each country has its own unique challenges and opportunities related to communication flows, systems and practices. With growing social media presence in the region, Facebook and, to some degree, Twitter have become sources of information for journalists during natural disasters. Recent studies though have indicated that ICTs are becoming more relevant, and indeed are underutilised for development despite presenting significant potential. Four case studies from the Pacific Cook Islands Tonga Fiji Papua New Guinea

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  • Participatory Video and the Pacifica Mamas: exploring visual dialogue as an enabler for social and economic change

    Papoutsaki, Evangelia; Williams, Marcus; Davis, Catherine; Kailahi, C.; Naqvi, Munawwar (2014-07)

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    Collaborative Research Unitec + Pacifica Mamas Understand participatory video (PV) methodology: ¡ How it can support the Pacifica Mamas work ¡ Social and economic outcomes

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  • Fix our future. We have the tools. Let's use them. Survey Report. [Generation Zero Survey Report. Auckland: Unitec, Department of Communication Studies].

    Dodson, Giles; Papoutsaki, Evangelia; Fallas, Kristo; Greenbrook-Held, Jeremy; Serpes, Kirk (2015-06)

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    Objective This paper presents findings from a 2014 membership survey of Generation Zero, a youth-led climate change activist organization, in existence since 2010. The survey was conducted as part of the Generation Zero: online activism in NZ research project. Findings The research finds that Generation Zero’s membership is very significantly homogenous, across several demographic indicators, such as geographic location, age, socio-economic class and political preference. As expected, the data shows the Generation Zero membership is politically engaged and highly supportive of pro-climate policies and rhetoric. Recommendations If Generation Zero seeks wider engagement and participation beyond a highly engaged, homogenous and activist core, to deepen public engagement with issues of climate politics and communication, and to achieve change in these areas, broadening the appeal of the organisation to diverse membership may be required. The analysis of the findings offers some preliminary insights in this regard. Multivariate regression analysis indicates several opportunities for Generation Zero to shape its campaigns and communication towards a more diverse membership, primarily among supporters of centrist political parties.

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  • Generation Zero : online activism and political engagement in New Zealand

    Dodson, Giles; Papoutsaki, Evangelia; Fallas, Kristo; Greenbrook-Held, Jeremy; Serpes, Kirk (2017-07-11T00:05:05Z)

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    Generation Zero It was founded with the central purpose of providing solutions for New Zealand to cut carbon pollution through smarter transport, liveable cities & independence from fossil fuels.

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  • Participatory video and the Pacifica Mamas : a pilot project

    Saifoloi, Malama; Papoutsaki, Evangelia; Williams, Marcus; Harris, Usha Sundar; Naqvi, Munawwar (2016-08-17)

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    Emerging literature highlights that in the Pacific, the use of participatory video (PV) is a new trend in research and community action. It can be employed as a tool to empower communities to have agency over their media outputs, meaning that they have full control of the content creation, production and distribution processes. But to date there is still a dearth of studies that fully explore its potential use in different contexts, especially within diasporic networks. To address this gap, a pilot project was undertaken where PV methodologies were tested in collaboration with a diasporic Pacific community group based in West Auckland, New Zealand. This report feeds back on the overall process of developing the pilot project.

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  • A country failed by its media: A case study from Papua New Guinea

    Rooney, Dick; Papoutsaki, Evangelia; Pamba, Kevin (2004)

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    This paper explores the role of media in PNG and the reasons why they have failed to serve their audiences. It provides a background on media development in PNG; explores media ownership in PNG and offers a content analysis of what the two main newspapers and the country’s only television station consider to be the main news agenda. It also explores the potential radio has in filling in the existing informational gap.

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  • Visual dialogues, community action & social change: A south Pacific islands HIV/AIDS project application

    Thomas, Verena; Papoutsaki, Evangelia; Eggins, Joys (2010-01-01)

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    This paper explores the conceptual and methodological framework of the Komuniti Tok Piksa project, which is both, research project and community action initiative. Visual research tools are used within an indigenous research framework in order to study behavioural practices, perceptions and needs in regards to HIV and AIDS in Papua New Guinea. It explores the ways in which visual methods when paired with a community action approach can be used to facilitate social change and to encourage new engagements between researchers and participants.

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  • Pacific islands diaspora media: Sustaining island identities away from home

    Papoutsaki, Evangelia; Strickland, Naomi (2008-01-01)

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    This paper is based on a pilot project that has a first objective to identify Pacific Islands Diaspora media in New Zealand and define the role they play in Pacific Island communities in regards to addressing their communication needs. The second objective is to formulate a methodology that will inform an extensive research project. Despite an extensive and newly emerging literature on diaspora communities and ethnic media as distinct research fields, there is limited evidence of research on pacific diasporas and the increasing presence of pacific diasporic media across the Asia Pacific ream countries. The research seeks to identify the different forms and content of diasporic media available to South Pacific Islands diasporic communities in New Zealand, the information needs of these communities, the role of these media in sustaining their island identities and the extent to which these media promote integration in the host country, socio-cultural separation from their new environment, and/or creation of new hybrid cultures/identities. New information technologies, such internet, are also taken into consideration as they provide with new sources of information and contact with home and the wider diasporic communities around the world. This will provide an in depth analysis of the content offered by diasporic media and the extent to which it meets the needs of pacific diasporic communities in the wider Asia Pacific region The paper provides an overview of the south Pacific Islands Diaspora communities and their media. It focuses on communities living in New Zealand, a country with the highest concentration of Pacific Islands diasporic communities. It presents the conceptual and methodological framework and outlines the main methods designed to collect data ( focus groups with selected island communities to define their information needs and media use, a media survey to identify the goals and the content offered and in-depth interviews with journalists and community leaders).

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