This thesis explores the particular understanding and practice of a human rights-based approach (HRBA) in ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB), drawing on 28 interviews and 35 documents. Employing thematic analysis, it identifies changes in AAB’s HRBA influenced by the organisational and national contexts and by the role of development practitioners. The changes are conceptualised as the product of ‘internalisation’, NGO workers’ building understanding of and commitment to the HRBA, and ‘contextualisation’, their shaping the HRBA to fit organisational and national contexts. This thesis argues the importance of human agency for discourse change, noting the influence of contexts on both agency and discourse.
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This project seeks to explore whether ‘technological intimacy’ can be considered the newest member of a family of intimacies. The study draws on stories elicited during interviews with families in Australia and the UK, as well as theoretical contributions from sociology of families and intimacy, and Science and Technology Studies.