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Thursday, 24th 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

Negotiating Identity: Ethnicity, Tourism and Chinatown

  • Anna-Lisa Mak
    imageThe discovery of gold in 1851 prompted Chinese immigration to Australia in significant numbers. Rather than settling in Australia, such migrants would often return home once they had accumulated some wealth.1 Sydney’s first ‘Chinatown’, located near the Rocks, reflected the temporary nature of their sojourn in Australia. This Chinatown consisted mainly of boarding houses and produce stores, and served as an entry and exit point for those going to the goldfields.2 As the gold began to dwindle, many Chinese prospectors moved into urban areas. Restricted to taking up jobs that ...
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Network Review of Books

The Latham Diaries (2005)

  • imageReviewed by David Ritter in the February 2006 issue.
    Mark Latham was elected to Federal Parliament in March 1996 as the Australian Labor Party member for Werriwa, serving a term as a backbench member in the Keating administration. When Labor lost office in 1996, Latham was promoted to the front bench of the Beazley-led opposition, a position he held until retiring to the backbenches on his own motion between the 1998 and 2001 elections, at both of which the ALP were defeated. When Simon Crean became Federal leader in 2001, Latham was invited back to the front bench, serving in various positions until the incumbent resigned in late 2003. In ... read more.

A Lifetime in Conservative Politics: Political memoirs of Sir Joseph Carruthers (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Amanda Day in the July 2006 issue.
    In 2006 New South Wales is celebrating 150 years of responsible government and Michael Hogan's edited memoirs of Sir Joseph Carruthers is another offering from UNSW Press that has commemorated the people who developed representative democracy and governance in NSW. Politics, sport, free trade, arbitration and federalism are key features of Carruthers' memoirs and serve to provide a snapshot of a time that Hogan suggests 'should be read as a document of the early 1930s'. (p xii) The interaction of politics, personal life and Carruthers' desire to leave manuscripts that reflect positively on ... read more.

Traumascapes: The power and fate of places transformed by tragedy (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Eve Vincent in the October 2005 issue.
    Maria Tumarkin travels to Shanksville, site of the failed September 11 attack. Here, the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 plunged into a Pennsylvanian field near a tiny rural community of just 245 residents. According to locals, visitors began turning up days after the crash. A spontaneous shrine reproduced itself, growing and changing as it is added to -- miniature flags, symbols of American cultural life (baseball bats) and spiritual offerings. 'Why did they come?' Tumarkin asks. It is not an idle, curious question, nor is it disingenuous -- posed only so that she can impress us with ... read more.

Australian Social Attitudes: The First Report (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Ann Jensen in the April 2006 issue.
    What do Australians really think about work, families, politics, welfare, the economy, crime, immigration? The reality is a long way from the nightly news: the fact that we are not the radical maverick nation often portrayed, is evidenced by John Howard's long tenure. Yet during this decade, have we in fact changed? Social attitude change in the Howard era is the subject of this book authored by a group of academics, all leaders in their fields. It goes well beyond the sound-bites that try to shape us, and, in terms of the depth and thoroughness of information, purports to meet the ... 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.

Yes, Premier: Labor Leadership in Australia's States and Territories (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Michael Alexander de Percy in the August 2005 issue.
    For the first time since federation, one political party dominates politics in Australia's states and territories. Yes, Premier, edited by the ubiquitous John Wanna (see, for example, Public Policy in Australia, Institutions on the Edge? and Managing Public Expenditure in Australia) and Paul Williams examine this situation by considering the ways current Labor premiers and chief ministers 'operate within the constraints and parameters imposed on their office'. This book is a collection of personal and political biographies of each of the individual state and territory leaders (with the ... read more.

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