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Tuesday, 22nd 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

Recollection of Identity: The Reassembly of the Migrant

  • Eleanor Venables
    imageIn this paper I focus on how reflection on life as a white immigrant in Africa suggests an understanding of how the identity of a white immigrant in Australia may be reassembled. I draw on notions of colonialism and utilise postcolonialism as an inversion of colonialism. In this context, I briefly discuss the history of colonisation in Southern Rhodesia in the early twentieth century. By drawing on personal family history and examining the positioning of ‘foreign’ immigrants in British colonial society — and extrapolating this experience to the positioning of white, English ...
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Network Review of Books

Future Active: Media Activism and the Internet (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Melissa Gregg in the October 2002 issue.
    Despite (or perhaps because of) the reams of celebratory rhetoric accompanying the birth of the Internet, the world of online activism is still something of a neglected site for a sustained and historically informed analysis. Thankfully, Graham Meikle's Future Active has come along, filling a real gap for those interested in the motivations behind and the success of political action online. At once optimistic and sobering, Meikle's account helps to clarify as well as complicate the assumptions we may have of Internet activism, given our still perceptible reliance on older media forms to ... read more.

Saltwater People: the Waves of Memory (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Christine Choo in the November 2003 issue.
    The 1992 decision of the High Court of Australia to grant the Meriam people exclusive native title rights to the high water mark on Murray Island in what is now known as the Mabo decision paved the way for other groups of Aboriginal people throughout Australia to lodge claims for the recognition of their native title rights to country. The Mabo decision also signaled to the wider community the barely recognised issue of native title rights to the sea and the depth of the connection of coastal Aboriginal peoples or 'saltwater people' to their country. In Saltwater People: The Waves of Memory, ... read more.

It's Not the Money It's the Land:Aboriginal Stockmen and the Equal Wages Case (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Christine Cheater in the June 2002 issue.
    The Equal Wages Case or, more correctly, the Northern Territory Cattle Station Industry Award Case was a turning point in the history of black-white relations in northern Australia. For over seventy years Aboriginal stockmen and domestic servants provided underpaid and unpaid labour that allowed the pastoral industry to flourish in a remote and hostile environment. In a system that was employed over most of the Northern Territory, the Kimberley and Pilbara regions, Aboriginal people traded their labour for the right to stay on their country, care for their sites and pass on their traditions to ... read more.

Keeper of the Faith: a biography of Jim Cairns (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Philip Mendes in the August 2002 issue.
    For many of the baby boomers who grew up in the 1960s, Jim Cairns was a hero who inspired significant social change and action. But for later generations he is at best an eccentric old man struggling to sell his quirky books in rundown markets. Paul Strangio's comprehensive biography attempts to reconcile these two contradictory interpretations and to explain the enigma that is Jim Cairns. Strangio offers a detailed analysis of Cairns' formative influences. He notes Cairns' difficult family upbringing including abandonment by his father, and regular physical and emotional separation from his ... read more.

The Meaning of Things: Applying Philosophy to Life (2002)

  • imageReviewed by David Crawford in the March 2003 issue.
    In February 2002, ABC televisionbroadcast a series on Sunday eveningsentitled The Consolations ofPhilosophy, presented by an English(despite the name) philosopher, AlainDe Botton. In the television series andthe book of the same name, hediscussed the lives and works ofseveral pre-eminent philosophersincluding Socrates, Schopenhauer andEpicurus. He examined what they hadto say about dealing with common lifeproblems, such as unpopularity, how todeal with a broken heart, findinghappiness and the lack of money. DeBotton took a rather intellectualapproach, but his intention is reflectedin a quote ... read more.

Poems for a Dead Father (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Tim Metcalf in the July 2002 issue.
    The subject of this most recent collection from Goodfellow interests me greatly. In his very moving opening poem, his predominant family memory is of happiness and security. The tragicomic moment of honesty, when together they joke about the forthcoming cremation of John's brandy-soaked corpse, allows the reader to release a carefully controlled emotional reaction as mirth. Geoff's skill reminded me of Sharon Old's art in The Father. A book or two more on this subject would help redress an imbalance in contemporary Australian Literature. This does not, however, mean a flood of books. Like ... read more.

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