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ICDC - the Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication is grounded in collaborative, trans-disciplinary research projects. The Institute is committed to engaging with contemporary cultural issues, while analysing the social, economic and political discourses and communicative practices that shape meaning around these.

In recent years, work at the Institute has focused on the key concerns of culture, discourse and communication. Scholars from various disciplines have come together on projects spanning language use, media such as the internet and television, and national identity.

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  • Political discourse and the re-branding of NZ national identity 

    Smith, P (The Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, Coventry, 2014)
    The New Zealand Government’s construction of an all-inclusive national identity in the early 2000s was imagined in terms of “the New Zealand Way” – a term used by politicians that clearly echoed Britain’s Third Way politics ...
  • ‘Don’t call me European - I’ve never been to Europe!’ Identity politics in post-colonial New Zealand 

    Smith, P (Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD), 2014)
    A rejection by some white majority New Zealanders of the category of ‘European’ to describe their ethnicity in the 2006 census raises questions about how national identity is perceived in a country that has become increasingly ...
  • Afrikaner identity: argument, discourse, and stigma 

    Theunissen, PS (Institute of Culture Discourse and Communication, AUT University, 2013)
    The search for and the development of an Afrikaner identity are not novel manifestations. These are practices that have manifested for centuries, finding their roots in the 18th century when Dutch speaking colonists ...
  • The Internet in New Zealand 2013 

    Gibson, A; Miller, M; Smith, P; Bell, A; Crothers, C (Institute of Culture, Discourse & Communication, AUT University, 2013)
    Executive Summary The fourth survey of the World Internet Project New Zealand (WIPNZ) was conducted between late July and early September 2013. For the first time, the sample in 2013 used both telephone and internet ...
  • Why did you choose those readings? A case study in text selection for first year university students 

    Neill, L; Kirkness, A; Gossman, P; Neill, L; Kirkness, A; Gossman, P (AUT University, 2010)
    This paper evaluates the reading and vocabulary demands in five texts used in a first-­year undergraduate paper in hospitality management at a multicultural university in New Zealand. There were two research perspectives: ...
  • The imagined and the real: identifying the tensions for academic identity 

    Billot, J. (Taylor and Francis, 2010)
    Changes within the higher education sector have had significant effects on the identity of the individual academic. As institutions transform in response to government-driven policy and funding directives, there is a ...
  • The changing research context: implications for leadership 

    Billot, J. (Taylor and Francis, 2011)
    Within the changing tertiary environment, research activity and performance are coming under greater pressure and scrutiny. External policy and funding directives are resulting in revised institutional objectives, requiring ...

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