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Friday, 25th July 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

Talking Sense about Political Correctness

  • Robert Sparrow
    Over the last seven years or so the expression ‘political correctness’ has entered the political lexicon in the English-speaking world. Hundreds of opinion pieces in newspapers and magazines have been written about it in addition to scores of academic articles and debates in which the expression has gained currency. It is close to being received opinion in Anglo-American popular culture that a coalition of feminists, ethnic minorities, socialists and homosexuals have achieved a hegemony in the public sphere so as to make possible their censorship, or at least the effective ...
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Network Review of Books

Corrupting the Youth: A History of Philosophy in Australia (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Kathy Lothian in the December 2004 issue.
    If one of the features of a good work of history is its ability to tell a captivating story, then James Franklin has produced a winner. Corrupting the Youth: a history of philosophy in Australia is a highly readable and engaging book. Franklin, a mathematician with research interests in philosophy, draws us into a world where philosophical ideas really matter, and where academics really do have lasting influence on their students, for good or ill. It is the world of the University of Sydney, where the polemical philosopher John Anderson held sway over the department for more than thirty years. ... read more.

Hearing the Call: Music and Social History on Lord Howe Island (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Graham Seal in the November 2003 issue.
    Phillip Hayward's latest book on Australian musical cultures is a study of song making and its significance within a small island community. Intermittently visited and inhabited from the late 1800s, a more or less permanent population was established on the island from the 1840s. Among the early settlers was a song maker, the first of many in a continuing tradition. Hayward's aim is to locate the music traditions of Lord Howe within an historical context and to illuminate the social meanings of the songs that form the major part of those traditions. Drawing on oral history, personal ... read more.

Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Eliza Matthews in the July 2004 issue.
    Recently while watching a recent documentary about Noam Chomsky entitled Power and Terror, I was interested to note the apparent unease he displayed when addressing queries about his work one-on-one. An interesting and engaging public speaker, Chomsky seems to be more comfortable preaching to his converted and the Left in general, rather than reaching out and explaining himself to critics. Similar can be said for his work Hegemony and Survival: America's quest for global dominance, which is a caustic account about the supposed doom the world faces at the feet of the United States. Although ... read more.

Crowded Lives (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Melissa Gregg in the June 2004 issue.
    Lindsay Tanner thinks our relationships are in trouble. The ALP Federal Member for Melbourne and Shadow Minister for Communications argues that the demands of work and family, the rise of individualism, economic bottom lines and the liberation movements of the 1960s are all affecting our ability to form the important bonds of an earlier time. If 'we define ourselves by our relationships' and 'in many respects we exist for our relationships', Tanner asks why decision makers in government, business and wider society so rarely take them in to account (p 9) In his view, taking a 'relational ... read more.

Contested Country: A History of the Northcliffe Area, Western Australia (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Simon Stevens in the November 2003 issue.
    Professor Patricia Crawford teaches English history at the University of Western Australia. Her husband Ian is head of human studies at the Western Australian Museum. He specialises in Aboriginal art and culture. They bought a 40 hectare property in Northcliffe in 1978, and their history of the region is a personal testimony to their love of the place and concern for its ecological preservation. Northcliffe is a small country town in the extreme south-west corner of Western Australia. It is surrounded by a lush karri forest and some farming land. Traditionally, its main industry has been ... read more.

Blood and Old Belief: A Verse Novel (2003)

  • imageReviewed by David McCooey in the April 2004 issue.
    The popularity of the verse novel--at least among poets--continues with new works from Geoff Page and Paul Hetherington. Australian verse novels tend to either minimalist or maximalist poles. The former is most obviously seen in the work of Dorothy Porter, but it is also seen in the documentary verse novels of Jordi Albiston. The latter is seen in the long (and very different) works by Alan Wearne and Les Murray. The difficulty for all verse novelists is maintaining both the energy of lyric poetry and the impetus of narrative poetry. Drumming on Water, Geoff Page's second verse novel, shows ... read more.

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