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Thursday, 24th April 2014

API Review of Books

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

The Age of Transition: Nursing and Caring in the Nineteenth Century

  • Wendy Madsen
    The history of nursing is inextricably linked with caring activities — indeed, much of the early literature on nursing uses these terms interchangeably. Over the past 150 years, this relationship has been both exploited and actively rejected by nurses. For example, the Queensland Nurses’ Union’s recent campaigns have pivoted around the slogan, ‘Nurses Care’. However, during the latter part of the nineteenth century, nurses as a group of emerging professionals sought to distinguish themselves from carers. This paper will examine the relationship between nursing and ...
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Network Review of Books

Making Effective Media Happen: A Simple and Practical Guide for Successfully Dealing with the Media (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Rachel Morley in the April 2003 issue.
    For many people in business, fielding a telephone call from a scoop-hungry reporter (particularly in the midst of a company crisis) is akin to being hurled into gnashing jaws of a carnivorous beast. At the mere mention of, 'Hi, it's Sue from the Daily News', ordinarily calm and collected executives can find themselves crumbling into a head long rush of panic at the thought of having their words immortalised in the few shortened gasps that constitute the daily news bite. While the news is often portrayed as tomorrow's budgie cage liner, many spokespeople continue to feel the heat years after ... read more.

The Big Makeover: A New Australian Constitution (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Narelle McGlusky in the November 2002 issue.
    The remaking of the Australian Constitution requires urgent attention and calls for informed public debate. There is general consensus regarding the need for change, but if this is to occur, it is essential that ordinary Australians are better educated about the issues. Constitutional change is necessary whether or not Australia becomes a republic. The document drafted at the beginning of the twentieth century does not fulfil the needs of the nation at the beginning of the twenty-first century. All Australians need to become aware of the need for constitutional reform so that the long-delayed ... read more.

The Citizens' Bargain: A Documentary History of Australian Views Since 1890 (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Tony Smith in the January 2003 issue.
    The usefulness of a documentary history depends upon astute choice of materials and sound editorial comments. While readers might differ over the value of the documents included in this collection, they should be reassured by the quality of the editors' contributions. Walter and Macleod provide an excellent introduction justifying their focus, and concise commentaries on each chapter. Collectively these essays chronicle the many strands and epochs of debates about Australian citizenship. The Citizens' Bargain captures 'the historical conversation about citizenship'. The bargain is the ... read more.

September 11, 2001: Feminist Perspectives (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Eliza Matthews in the November 2002 issue.
    Another book that addresses the tragic events of 11 September 2001 (note that I defer to the Australian order of date!), September 11, 2001: Feminist Perspectives does this by expressing raw emotion, as opposed to employing academic rigor, to assess the subject of this important historical event. Whilst personal contributions (in this case they appear in the form of emails, personal letters, poetry, testimony to government committees and so on) on this matter are interesting and valuable in the sense that this book provides excellent primary source documentation as to how feminists from ... read more.

The Boyds (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Rick Rutjens in the December 2002 issue.
    From the outset let it be said that The Boyds is extraordinary. This book is the culmination of years of research into the family that has become Australia's most remarkable artistic dynasty. Niall's work is as accomplished in its writing and structure as it is in scope. Tackling a subject this broad, the most difficult issue would no doubt have been limiting it to a reasonable size and discovering some way to contain the sprawling stories within a cohesive narrative. Niall has accomplished both admirably. Niall picks up the story of the Boyd family as the various forebears arrive in ... read more.

Great Working Horse Stories (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Pia van Ravestein in the December 2002 issue.
    Great Working Horse Stories by Angela Goode conjures a time of clip-clopping hooves and the smell of saddle polish, a time when mates exchanged stories of horses that baulked at the rein and horses that literally pulled their weight. That time wasn't so long ago. Australia was built on a foundation of working horses, without them 'they could not send letters, visit friends, draw water from wells, make roads, dig dams, shop, go to school or to a doctor.' Great Working Horse Stories (an updated reissue of the original published in 1995) endeavours to remember this time, and fights for continued ... read more.

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