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Wednesday, 23rd 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

Lacking the Will to Power? Australian Anti-Communists 1917-1935

  • Nick Fischer
    Anti-communism profoundly affected Australia in the early twentieth century. It shaped Australia’s foreign, domestic policing and immigration policies but remains understudied and misunderstood. While its impact during the cold war is widely recognised, its evolution and development before this time is less frequently discussed. It has been regarded too narrowly as a political phenomenon driven by economic concerns. Because anti-communism flourished in democracies, historians have been complacent in accounting for its success and have too readily interpreted it as a creature of the ...
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Network Review of Books

Kissing the Curve (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Andrew Johnson in the April 2004 issue.
    The New Poets series from Five Islands Press has, with the addition of this group of six, now put fifty-four Australian poets into print. The 'new' of the series title might suggest to some that the poets presented are young, and if not previously unpublished at least relatively unknown in print. Neither of these assumptions is correct. All of the poets have appeared, frequently, in print in a variety of Australian and international journals, magazines and daily papers, and while it is irrelevant as a category for judging the merit of the poetry, or much else for that matter, it might also be ... read more.

Leisure and Pleasure: Reshaping and Revealing the New Zealand Body 1900-1960 (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Kate Darian-Smith in the February 2004 issue.
    Eugen Sandow, who gained international stardom as a body builder and performer, arrived in Auckland in November 1902 to commence an extended tour of New Zealand's cities and towns. Sandow's vaudeville style theatrical show attracted capacity audiences, and he was clearly a man of considerable personal presence. Indeed, on the front cover of Caroline Daley's new book, Leisure & Pleasure, there is a striking photographic reproduction of Sandow taken at the height of his career, where his sculpturally muscular body is draped only in a leopard-skin loincloth. But Sandow, whose physique ... read more.

Beyond the Lattice: Broome's Early Years (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Christine Choo in the November 2003 issue.
    Broome and its history have captured the popular imagination of Australians, particularly in recent years since it has become a desirable travel destination of better-heeled tourists and not just a well-kept secret of ageing hippies and sun-seeking retirees. The town's existence and early development depended on the discovery of rich offshore pearling beds which led to the exploitation of Aboriginal and later Asian labour put to work in unsavoury conditions in the service of colonial pearling masters. In Broome more than any other north-western town Australians are confronted with the legacies ... read more.

A Place to Lay My Head: Immigrant Shelters of Nineteenth Century Victoria (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Jasmina Brankovich in the March 2005 issue.
    This book touches the heart of an important subject in contemporary Australia: the status of migrants, particularly those who arrive here in search of more promising lives for themselves or their families, and the consequences of a national failure to treat these people with deserved respect, and provide for their immediate needs. But, unlike more recent debates, the events described in A Place to Lay My Head took place in the nineteenth-century and concern some of Australia's first 'boat people', the English, Irish and Scottish migrants who arrived to Australia to labour on pastoral fields ... read more.

Partnership at Work: The Challenge of Employee Democracy (2003)

  • imageReviewed by James Haughton in the July 2003 issue.
    When I commenced reading Partnership at Work, I was unexpectedly reminded of an occurrence during my undergraduate years. Having a longstanding interest in theories of industrial democracy and representation, particularly in application to developing countries and areas, I was very interested when a friend informed me that the University of Melbourne law school, at which she was a student, included a discussion group dedicated to that very topic, of which she was a member. I inquired whether I might join the discussion group, and was told that they were not really interested in hearing from ... 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.

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