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Friday, 18th 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

Contemporary Anti-Memorials and National Identity in the Victorian Landscape

  • Sue-Anne Ware
    imageThe success of the book Sacred Places: War Memorials in the Australian Landscape1 has marked a resurgence of public interest in Australian memorials. The federal goverment has commissioned a number of new memorials as Australia reflects upon the centenary of its federation.2 Chilla Bulbeck describes the evolution of Australian memorials when she states:To some extent, the recent history of Australian monument construction parallels the reorientation of Australian history from the deeds that won the empire or nation to the activities of ordinary men and women and the history of local ...
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Network Review of Books

Terror Laws: ASIO, Counter-Terrorism and the Threat to Democracy (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Tony Smith in the July 2004 issue.
    Whether or not the whole world changed on 11 September, 2001, there is no doubt that the subsequent 'war on terror' has come to dominate both international and domestic politics. Jenny Hocking argues that in the struggle against terrorism, we need more effective, inclusive politics and more democracy. Unfortunately, the history of Australian responses to security threats so effectively chronicled by Hocking, suggests that governments imagine security to be in zero-sum competition with the rule of law and individual rights. This mind set is identifiable in the lack of strong protest about ... read more.

Latham and Abbott: The lives and rivalries of the two finest politicians of their generation (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Tony Smith in the December 2004 issue.
    There have been many unconvincing attempts to explain the result of the 2004 federal election. Labor's failure to displace the Coalition Government has been attributed to selfish voters worried about security and 'hip pocket nerve' issues, and doubts about Labor's economic credentials. While Labor conducted post-mortems, media commentators suggested that the party needs an alternative Leader. Yet one interesting alternative explanation of the result was written before the campaign. In Latham and Abbott, Michael Duffy so clearly analyses Mark Latham's strengths that even obtuse observers must ... read more.

Enough (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Kathryn Hegarty in the October 2004 issue.
    In June 2004, a leading Australian jockey was charged with assault on his partner, whom he married ten days earlier. The offence shocked the tabloid media; after all, the couple is devoted and the man in question is described as 'besotted' with his wife. As I write, the 'murder-suicide of a family of four is reported in The Age. This term is shorthand for the murder of a woman and two infant children by a man who then killed himself. While the media continues to report horrific statistics of male violence against women, the nature of so-called domestic violence is continually understated, and ... read more.

Hill of Grace (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Tony Smith in the April 2005 issue.
    According to some assessments of the 2004 Australian federal election campaign, religion had its greatest impact on the outcome since the sectarian 1950s. The influence of new religions, described variously by critics as Pentecostal, evangelical or fundamentalist, surprised many observers, so perhaps more effort is needed to understand not just the rise of new faiths but the survival of older, smaller ones. Stephen Orr's Hill of Grace is a work of fiction, but like any good novel, it provides insights into general psychology through its characters and addresses themes that elude social ... read more.

Who Wants to Create Australia? (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Mark Mahemoff in the April 2005 issue.
    'The best teachers teach more than they know' -- Wendell Berry I think it's important to begin by saying that I have known Martin Harrison for a number of years. He was one of the people who judged me to be a viable candidate for a Masters in Writing at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he teaches. He has been and continues to be a mentor, motivator and friend. When I applied to study at UTS I had self-published a small volume of poetry, mainly because I was frustrated with the treadmill of small magazine publication and wanted to clear the decks for my new work. I was a poet ... read more.

Isabel Flick: The Many Lives of an Extraordinary Aboriginal Woman (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Maryrose Casey in the September 2004 issue.
    I said to this old fella at the ticket box, 'Take these ropes off! Our money is as good as anyone else's and we want to sit where we want to sit'. Part of the often little known history of Australia's racist practices is the story of restrictions on Indigenous Australian people's access to public venues such as swimming pools and cinemas. It would be incredible now to go to the movies and see a section of the cinema roped off and Aboriginal people actively prevented from sitting in any other part of the theatre. Many aspects of the struggles for social justice for and by Indigenous ... read more.

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