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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

The Housewives' Wages Debate in the 1920s Australian Press

  • Louie Traikovski
    imageThe topic of housewives’ wages has received almost no Australian historical consideration. Dorothy Campbell’s fleeting reference is an extremely rare exception.1 This article provides a much-needed historical examination of a neglected topic. Such examination shows that progressive and conservative arguments were mounted on both sides of the debate over housewives’ wages in Australia in the 1920s. Both sides of the debate are also found to have sometimes pursued contradictory aims. Furthermore, this article contests sociologist Ann Oakley’s claim that support for ...
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Network Review of Books

Full Circle: From Mission to Community a Family Story (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Jo Lampert in the June 2002 issue.
    As a non-indigenous person reviewing a book like Full Circle, it is important to acknowledge up-front the problems of 'gaze'. This is probably also true of biography or autobiography in general: a reviewer can never really know the reasons compelling a writer to tell about their own life, or that of their family or communities. With indigenous literature, particularly in the reasonably common genre of 'life story', it can only be presumed that the purpose for writing the story is at least three-fold: to help the author on their personal journey to self-discovery, to inform the reader about ... read more.

Australia and the British Embrace: The Demise of the Imperial Ideal (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Daniel Oakman in the November 2002 issue.
    The central proposition of Stuart Ward's Australia and the British Embrace is that Australian political culture did not defiantly cut the apron strings and reject the bonds of the British connection, as asserted in the radical-nationalist tradition of Australian history. Instead, Ward argues that since 1945 Australia was 'pulled along reluctantly in the wake of changing British policies and priorities'. The episode through which Ward pursues these questions is the United Kingdom's decision to seek membership of the European Economic Community (EEC) in the early 1960s. In the early chapters, ... read more.

The Coldest March (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Christy Collis in the Aug/Sep 2003 issue.
    The Coldest March is a meticulous narrative of the physical aspects of Captain Robert Scott's two Antarctic missions: the National Antarctic (Discovery) Expedition of 1901-4, and the fatal British Antarctic (Terra Nova) Expedition of 1910-13. Solomon painstakingly retells the stories of these famous polar missions in economical and engaging prose: these may be familiar narratives, but Solomon's account ensures their continuing interest. Solomon's focus on the 'secondary' treks performed by team members -- that is, treks which were not the final Pole missions -- usefully highlights ... read more.

The Volcano (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Enza Gandolfo in the June 2002 issue.
    The Volcano is the story of one man's life, Emilio, a Sicilian peasant born in a small village 'in the shadow of a beautiful, terrifying, rumbling and roiling volcano [Mount Etna] ... that glorious and unmerciful monster'. The young Emilio seems destined to follow in his father's footsteps to work as a 'massaru ... the landowner's right-hand man'. One evening as he is picking briars out of his donkey's haunches, the donkey bucks and kicks Emilio. Badly injured, the boy ends up in hospital. During his convalescence and on his return to work in the fields, Emilio is struck by the cruelty of his ... read more.

CY O'Connor: His life and legacy (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Leonora Ritter in the August 2002 issue.
    This book tells the story of a man whose genius, achievements, character flaws and melodramatic death combine to create an epic saga. C Y O'Connor's work changed landscapes forever. He died before his greatest work, the pipeline that brought water 560 kilometres (according to the dust jacket or 650 kilometres according to the UWA media release) to the Western Australian goldfields, was successfully completed. C Y O'Connor was a legendary colonial civil engineer whose triumphs in New Zealand and Australia also included the railway across New Zealand's Southern Alps, Greymouth Port and ... read more.

Love This Life: Lyrics 1978--2001 (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Steve Evans in the October 2001 issue.
    Neil Finn has been writing popular songs through various permutations of bands (Split Enz, The Mullanes, Crowded House, Finn) and during his current solo career. His newly published collection of lyrics removes the musical props and gives us a chance to take the words in isolation. In the heyday of Crowded House, Finn was occasionally feted as the new Paul McCartney. There was a sting in the tail of that comparison, perhaps recalled when McCartney's own collection of lyrics and poems, Blackbird Singing: Poems and Lyrics 1965--1999, was released in March. Its editor, Mersey poet, Adrian ... read more.

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