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Tuesday, 22nd 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

Playing Fields Through to Battle Fields: The Development of Australian Sporting Manhood in its Imperial Context, c.1850-1918

  • Daryl Adair, John Nauright and Murray Phillips
    Sport was the first form of Australian foreign policy. Until the British got into some wars to which the Australians could send volunteers, it was the only way in which Australians could prove they were best. Donald Horne, The Next Australia1Australian sporting fields were important ‘testing grounds’ not simply of colonial athletic ability, but of manhood. Although women played sport they did so in smaller numbers than men, and they were observers rather than participants in high profile spectator sports of the time — test cricket, the football codes, and horse-racing, which ...
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Network Review of Books

The Prince's New Clothes: Why Do Australians Dislike Their Politicians? (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Tony Smith in the October 2002 issue.
    Considering that media consistently present negative images of Australian politics and that some professional 'politicians' undermined their own credibility during the 1999 constitutional referenda, it is a relief to find a work that rationally explores the idea of a crisis in trust. This valuable collection begins with a dispassionate examination of the level of dislike so far as it can be gleaned from data produced by polling agencies, focus groups and social science surveys. The longest chapter, by Murray Goot, investigates and provides a historical perspective on the notion of distrust, ... read more.

The Enlightenment and the Origins of European Australia (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Paul Genoni in the January 2003 issue.
    By any reckoning, the foundation of European Australia in 1788 occurred at an extraordinarily propitious time. The French Revolution of 1789 ensured that the politics and governance of the western world were changed forever; Romanticism was on the verge of redefining the individual and his or her relationship with the natural world, and the incipient industrialisation of first Europe, and then the world, was becoming apparent. These transforming movements were not, of course, entirely independent. To a significant extent, they were all informed by the intellectual momentum of the ... read more.

The Bread with Seven Crusts (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Christine Choo in the Aug/Sep 2003 issue.
    Set in the south-west of Western Australia The Bread with Seven Crusts presents a chapter from Australian history that has received little attention -- the story of Italian prisoners of war who were captured in Libya at the beginning of World War II and transferred here in May 1941. In April 1941 Australia had accepted a share of the prisoners when the British Command in Egypt decided to evacuate all prisoners of war taken in Egypt to countries of the British Dominion -- Australia, India, South Africa and Ceylon. Between May 1941 and December 1947, when they were repatriated to Italy, a total ... read more.

Black and Whiteley: Barry Dickins in search of Brett (2002)

  • imageReviewed by geoff parkes in the March 2003 issue.
    Do we really need another biography of Brett Whitely? Dickens seems to think so, seems to feel there's more than the 'dirty little junkie' that tabloids have created (p2), more to the talent 'before the decline and fall', more to the 'mystery well worth unravelling' (p8). Is there? To find out, Dickins adopts a personal, Saturday magazine-style voice that tells the story of his plunge into Whitely-dom, inserting himself as narrator, main character, driving voice in a narrative clearly driven by his fondness for Whitely, sitting in the back seat of the narrative car. It's a voice that tries to ... read more.

To The Islands (2002)

  • imageReviewed by James Wells-Green in the May 2003 issue.
    This re-issue of Randolph Stow's third novel is a particularly welcome addition to the Australian Authors Series produced by the University of Queensland Press. It contains a typically insightful foreword from Professor Hassall and, since it does not follow the original 1958 version but the revised edition of 1991, it also includes the author's preface to that edition. Both critic and author convey a strong sense that this is a novel of a particular time and place but one that is very far from being without contemporary socio-political implications. To The Islands concerns the ordeal of ... read more.

Aboriginal Australians (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Jeannie Herbert in the August 2005 issue.
    As an Aboriginal educator, I have used the successive editions of this book as a useful source of reference material over many years. I have been particularly interested in the way in which the updated versions of the text have reflected the on-going history of Aboriginal people in this country, particularly in relation to the persistence of racism within Australian society and the impact of racist attitudes upon Aboriginal Australians. This issue becomes even more critical when it is denied and, regrettably, there are many who argue that it does not exist, or that it is a thing of the past. ... read more.

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