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Altitude BirdIssue 44
Features reviews by Kathleen Broderick, Linn Miller, Christine Choo, Bill Thorpe, David Ritter, Eve Vincent, Stephanie Bishop, Alison Miles, Richard Kay, Amanda Day, Bernard Whimpress, Mads Clausen, Marion May Campbell, Sylvia Alston, Catie Gilchrist, Eva Chapman, Lucy Dougan, Stephen Lawrence and Nathanael O'Reilly. Click here for more details.


Altitude BirdPopular Music: Practices, Formations and Change - Australian Perspectives
The papers collected here in this special edition of Altitude offer a brief snapshot of popular music research broadly connected with Australia. The essays demonstrate the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches used by researchers in the fields of popular music studies and cultural studies to explore themes of popular music practice, formation and change in an Australian context. Click here for more details.

Network Scholars

Nostalgia and the Construction of an Australian Dreaming

  • Robin Trotter
    This article looks at how particular ‘pasts’ are constructed and argues that this work is integral to the new forms of cultural tourism that draw on nostalgic memory to generate a ‘tourist impulse’. In order to tease out the relationship between memory and tourism it will be necessary to unravel some popular perceptions about nostalgia. This is a mode of remembering that is often described as a ‘tyranny’. I argue, however, for a more positive interpretation; one that accepts nostalgic reminiscence as a valid way of accessing the past. It is accepted that ...
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Network Review of Books

The Hawke Government: A critical retrospective (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Bobbie Oliver in the March 2004 issue.
    The concept of a 'critical retrospective' to mark the twentieth anniversary of the election of the first Hawke Government is undoubtedly worthwhile, and some of the contributions to this edited collection are of a high standard, yet the book's major weakness is the uneven quality of the contributions. Perhaps this is inevitable when authorship ranges across a number of disciplines and professions, each with its own set of requirements and standards. This reviewer found the chapters written by academically-trained authors to be generally more objective, contextualised and genuinely critical ... read more.

On the Offensive: The Australian Army in the Vietnam War 1967-1968 (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Tony Smith in the October 2003 issue.
    In the decades since Australia joined the USA in Vietnam for a phase of the Cold War, several historical themes have emerged. Perhaps the most important is that people who forget the past repeat their mistakes in the future. Some surveys have revealed an appalling lack of knowledge about the war among young westerners, and in invading Iraq, governments have ignored the Vietnam experience, particularly regarding achievable aims, 'just war' theory, and the welfare of veterans. On the Offensive is important firstly because it puts on the public record vital information about Australia's conduct ... read more.

Who Owns Native Culture? (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Michele Grossman in the December 2004 issue.
    In this lucid, well-researched, unsettling excursion into the realm of Indigenous cultures, intellectual property, and the nexus of Indigenous and non-Indigenous proprietary interests and rights, anthropologist Michael Brown pursues a self-avowed 'centrist' line of inquiry as he attempts to balance the historical and cultural interests of specific Indigenous communities and cultural groups with 'the requirements of liberal democracy', particularly those of settler societies. (p 9) The book's major strength lies in its effort not to answer the question posed by Brown's title, but to re-orient ... read more.

The Rise of the Creative Class (2003)

  • imageReviewed by John Frow in the August 2004 issue.
    There's a certain genre of recent and mostly American books that have titles like these: Free Agent Nation: How America's New Independent Workers are Transforming the Way We Live The New Geography: How the Digital Revolution is Reshaping the American Landscape Microcosm: The Quantum Revolution in Economics and Technology Telecosm: How Infinite Bandwidth Will Revolutionise Our World Productive Edge: How US Industries are Pointing the Way to a New Era of Economic Growth The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People are Changing the World; and The End of Work: The Decline of the Global ... read more.

In Baghdad: A Reporter's War (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Daniel Fazio in the February 2004 issue.
    Paul McGeough's, In Baghdad, is a passionate and incisive daily account of the 2003 Iraq war. McGeough was one of a handful of foreign journalists, and the only Australian, to cover the entire war from Baghdad. Much about this war will remain unknown for a considerable period of time and the repercussions of the conflict remain problematic. The revelations since the end of the war pose many legitimate questions about the real motivations and justifications for why the 'coalition of the willing' went to war in Iraq, and about the integrity and honesty of President Bush and Prime Ministers Blair ... read more.

Ingenious: Emerging Youth Cultures in Urban Australia (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Julie Ustinoff in the March 2004 issue.
    Ingenious, as the editors indicate in their acknowledgements, grew largely out of research conducted for the GENERATE project conducted in New South Wales in 2000. That project aimed to 'realise the contemporary nature of migration heritage and highlight the positive contribution that young people from migrant backgrounds make to the creation of that heritage, and to dynamic culture in Sydney and Australia.' Clearly that research uncovered a thriving youth culture among Australian young people with migrant backgrounds, and revealed an enormous degree of diversity in their expressions of ... read more.

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