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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

'We still mourn that book': Cookbooks, Recipes and Foodmaking Knowledge in 1950s Australia

  • Sian Supski
    imageLisa Heldke2 suggests that foodmaking is a ‘thoughtful practice’ where practice and theory converge. In contrast to an hierarchical dualistic separation, in which theory is privileged over practice — a separation that has burdened traditional western philosophy — the theory and practice of foodmaking is relational: practice is informed by theory, which is altered through practice. Following Heldke, I contend that foodmaking, as a form of traditional women’s work, is both philosophically significant and meaningful in the ‘everyday’.3 Heldke argues for a ...
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Network Review of Books

Your Dreaming: Poets, Pontificators and Expatriates (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Katrina Gulliver in the March 2003 issue.
    This is the book of Gillies' successful one-man show, co-scripted with Rundle. The title, Your Dreaming, is an echo of the characteristic Australian expression -- often directed at tall poppies -- 'You're dreaming'. It is equally a reference to the Aboriginal dreamtime, and a joke about the mythmaking of European Australians. The framework is a fantasy conference, 'Your Dreaming: The Prime Minister's Cultural Convention, a symposium on Australia'. A series of prominent Australians appear to discuss Australia's history and future. The Prime Minister introduces and closes the festival.The ... read more.

The Citizens' Bargain: A Documentary History of Australian Views Since 1890 (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Tony Smith in the January 2003 issue.
    The usefulness of a documentary history depends upon astute choice of materials and sound editorial comments. While readers might differ over the value of the documents included in this collection, they should be reassured by the quality of the editors' contributions. Walter and Macleod provide an excellent introduction justifying their focus, and concise commentaries on each chapter. Collectively these essays chronicle the many strands and epochs of debates about Australian citizenship. The Citizens' Bargain captures 'the historical conversation about citizenship'. The bargain is the ... read more.

Anglicanism in Australia: A History (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Marion Spies in the December 2002 issue.
    With some notable exceptions (such as the excellent collection of essays Religion in Australia: Sociological Perspectives [1991], edited by Alan W Black), Australian sociologists and historians have sadly neglected Anglicans, among other denominations. Anglicans, on their part, seem to have paid little attention to the social dimension of their faith; most have preferred to write ecclesiastical histories. But in this volume, thirteen contributors present a critical historical investigation of the Anglican social experience in Australia. In part one, 'Narrative', six contributors give a ... read more.

Yenni: a life between worlds (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Christine Choo in the May 2003 issue.
    Yenni seduced me. Eugenia (Yenni) Williams' autobiography first attracted my attention because it promised a narrative of the migration of a woman from the Slovak republic to Tasmania, encompassing world war two and its aftermath. Another aspect that interested me was its focus on a part of Europe about which I know very little. I was struck by this book's honesty, and its portrayal of Yenni's personal struggle in the context of a period of dramatic change in Europe. Williams' narrative is rich in detail describing the geography and social life of Yenni and her family -- value systems, class ... 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.

Simply Hell Let Loose: stories of Australians at war (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Lauren Barrow in the November 2002 issue.
    It is an interesting coincidence that Simply Hell Let Loose: Stories of Australians at War has been released at a time where the pros and cons of a War on Terror are at the forefront of most Australians' minds. This book proves itself to be an invaluable source of reflection on both the devastating and liberating effects of war. The many issues it raises are pivotal when considering Australia's reaction to terrorism. Simply Hell Let Loose is not a celebration of war, nor is it an outright remonstration of it. Rather, it provides a diverse selection of personal accounts that highlight both ... read more.

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