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Thursday, 17th April 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

Western Australia

  • Narelle Miragliotta and Campbell Sharman
    The election outcome in Western Australia was greeted with relief by most parties given the unusual conditions in which the campaign was contested. The Australian Labor Party (ALP), in particular, did not experience the electoral losses which had been widely expected. The party had suffered a severe and unexpected setback in the polls following the Tampa incident involving asylum seekers and the 11 September terrorist attacks in the United States. The drift away from Labor in Western Australia was compounded by the announcement in mid-September that the Gallop state Labor Government planned to ...
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Network Review of Books

Venom (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Sylvia Alston in the July 2006 issue.
    My family and I moved from small acreage on the outskirts of Sydney to a suburban block in Canberra nearly 20 years ago. One of the many reasons for the move -- and there was a long list -- was that we were unlikely to come across any nasties like snakes or funnel-webs in our back yard. So far, the only nasty I've seen was an enormous brown snake slithering across a quiet suburban street. Luckily I was in a car at the time and I was relieved, selfishly I know, that it wasn't my quiet suburban street. Anyway, on reading Venom, I was shocked to discover that the nation's capital is, after all, ... read more.

One Bright Spot (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Melissa Bellanta in the April 2006 issue.
    Victoria Haskins's One Bright Spot is a culturally significant, moving, and sometimes exhausting work. It begins with the sort of golden moment all historians long for: Haskins's discovery, in the mid-1990s, of a trove of papers belonging to her great-grandmother, Joan Kingsley-Strack, known to her family as 'Ming'. As these papers revealed, Ming had been involved with the Aboriginal citizenship movement in Sydney during the 1930s. She had also been an outspoken opponent of the removal of Aboriginal children from their families. Neither of these were things that Haskins had heard about before. ... read more.

Dirt: Filth and decay in a new world arcadia (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Emily Potter in the April 2006 issue.
    The underside of modernity's dream is a rich area of study that continues to fascinate scholars in the post-industrial West. The modern city especially, as the hub and sign of civic order, commerce, and global connectivity, offers a complex milieu of repressed bodies, industries, and effects that has inspired a diverse range of social and cultural histories. Pamela Wood's Dirt: Filth and Decay in a New World Arcadia joins this substantial body of literature. As her title suggests, Wood's focus is the changing history of dirt, as physical presence and discursive construct, in nineteenth and ... read more.

The Scarlet Mile: A Social History of Prostitution in Kalgoorlie, 1894-2004 (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Michelle Kelly in the August 2005 issue.
    'A code of ethics is like a compass'. It is a rare wry madam indeed who could allow such an exhortation to be chalked outside her brothel. But there it is in big bold letters -- on a sign between display stalls from which prostitutes will beckon -- captured by a photograph published in The Scarlet Mile. The maxim conveys a complex message of potential liberalism underscored by prim morality, a sentiment surprisingly in accord with local reception of the sex industry in Kalgoorlie. The city was a place willing to receive the spoils of substantial tourist interest in its Hay Street red-light ... read more.

Decolonising the Mind: The impact of the University on culture and identity in Papua New Guinea, 1971-74 (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Daniel Vujcich in the July 2006 issue.
    Ulli Beier came to Papua New Guinea after having taught African literature at the University of Ibadan. While in Nigeria, he edited and published the ground-breaking Black Orpheus magazine, and worked with the likes of Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe. Ulli's wife, Georgina, was (and remains) a prolific artist of international fame. In Decolonising the Mind: The impact of the University on culture and identity in Papua New Guinea, 1971-74, Ulli Beier recounts his experiences as senior lecturer of the 'New English Writing in Developing Countries' course at the then recently established ... read more.

Sounding the Alarm: Remote area nurses and Aboriginals at risk (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Stephanie Lindsay-Thompson in the October 2005 issue.
    Sounding the Alarm is a disturbing case study of unsafe nursing practices in the delivery of health services from a 'nursing post' at Warburton to Ngaanyatjarra communities in the Western Desert region of Western Australia. Some 2,300 Ngaanyatjarra people live in eleven widely separated communities scattered across 9.8 million hectares of their own lands. Warburton, the operational centre for the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, is 930 km distant from the nearest hospital and medical services, at Kalgoorlie, and four hours by air from Alice Springs. This book draws on Jennifer Cramer's research for her ... read more.

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