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Wednesday, 30th July 2014

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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 Relationship Between the Nationalism of One Nation and the Rationalism of Liberalism

  • Steven Segal
    The issue that I would like to raise in this article concerns the relationship between the epistemologies of the nationalism of One Nation and the rationalist tendencies of its liberal critics. I will maintain that the epistemologies of nationalism and liberalism are like the difference between different paradigms, so much so that to critique nationalism in the rationalist language of liberalism is to critique it in terms to which it is, for the most part, indifferent. Rather than being sensitive to the language of nationalism, to the meaning of the notions of ‘truth’, ...
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Network Review of Books

Civil Passions: Selected Writings (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Matthew Lamb in the October 2005 issue.
    In Martin Krygier's Civil Passions, Black Inc. have produced yet another interesting and important collection of Australian essays. Drawn from articles published in journals, here and overseas, as well as most of what constituted the 1997 ABC Boyer Lectures, this selection comprises an interesting overview of Krygier's thinking about public affairs, regarding Australia and communist and post-communist Europe, especially his parent's homeland, Poland. I found it especially instructive, while reading Krygier's work, to compare it with the work of Robert Manne, whose recent collection ... read more.

Getting Away with Genocide? Elusive Justice and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Patrick Allington in the August 2005 issue.
    The Maoist regime of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge, which wreaked havoc on Cambodia in the 1970s, was one of the most odious, violent and negligent of the twentieth century. In early 1979 Vietnam invaded and occupied most of Cambodia but the Khmer Rouge's political and military life did not end there. Its remnants fled west to (and across) the Thai border. Vietnam occupied Cambodia for around ten years, during which time the Khmer Rouge and other resistance groups fought to regain territory. In the 1980s this uneasy coalition of resistance groups was supported by China as well as a number of Southeast ... read more.

Someone Else's Country: A fearless, funny and profoundly moving Australian story (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Jeannie Herbert in the October 2005 issue.
    Fast moving, full of action and energy, Someone Else's Country enables the reader to get a 'taste of life' as it really is for many Indigenous Australians. The author has chosen to structure the book using short chapters and a sparse, almost staccato style of writing, providing a series of brief glimpses into modern Aboriginal lifestyles. The ease of reading enables the reader to make rapid progress into the book. Initially there is an impression of skimming across the surface of life, not unlike the way in which many of us increasingly live our lives -- our knowledge of others being gleaned ... read more.

Disarming Proposals: Controlling nuclear, biological and chemical weapons (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Richard Gehrmann in the November 2005 issue.
    When the Berlin Wall came down and thousands of bewildered East Berliners wandered down the streets of their newly reunited capital, it appeared that a new world order might be dawning. After a decade of Reagan, Star Wars and the threat of nuclear annihilation, we in the developed world could all sleep peacefully in our beds at night. As a young university student in the 1980s, my awareness of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) had been conditioned by dramatic films such as The Day After (1983) which seemed to offer nothing but despair. A series of issues such as the Australian government's ... read more.

Babes in the Bush: The making of an Australian image (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Paul Genoni in the April 2006 issue.
    Kim Torney's Babes in the Bush is the second book to appear on the subject of children lost in the Australian bush in a comparatively short period, following as it does Peter Pierce's The Country of Lost Children: An Australian Anxiety. (1999) This immediately raises questions as to whether the subject itself is of sufficient significance to merit two books in such a short space of time, and is either one of these books made redundant by the other? The answer to the first of these questions is largely provided by the response to the second, in that the two books take quite different ... read more.

The Greeks in Australia (2005)

  • imageReviewed by John Yiannakis in the August 2005 issue.
    This relatively easy to read book by Professor Anastasios Tamis, Director of the National Centre for Hellenic Studies at La Trobe University, should be treated for what it is; a generalist, popular account of the Greek presence in, and contribution to, Australia. It is a wide ranging work in that it attempts to deal with Greeks in Australia since colonial times across all states, covering events from migrant arrival to Australia, through to the setting up of clubs, associations, media outlets and kafenia, and to Greeks entering parliament. The focus is however, the post-war period and the ... read more.

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