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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

A Fair Queue? Australian Public Discourse on Refugees and Immigration

  • Katharine Gelber
    imageThe term ‘queue-jumpers’ and variations on this theme have been widely applied in recent months in Australian public discourse, especially since the commencement of the so-called ‘Tampa crisis’ on 27 August 2001, when a boat carrying 438 unauthorised arrivals heading for Australia sank in international waters in the vicinity of Christmas Island.1 This paper analyses this discourse in three components. First, I will identify the use of the queue analogy within contemporary Australian public discourse. I will consider definitional and historical uses of the term ...
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Network Review of Books

Islands in the Stream: Australia and Japan face globalisation (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Rhian Healy in the April 2006 issue.
    This book is a collection of articles about the issues that Australia and Japan, as island nations, are facing with the process of globalisation. The problem with a collection of articles based on an illusive and politically fraught term like globalisation is the possibility of confusion as to what exactly the term means, or at least differences between what each of the individual authors interpret globalisation to be. Perhaps this is why the introduction states what globalisation is not rather than what it is. The lowest common denominator in this case is that globalisation is any process ... read more.

Bluff Rock: Autobiography of a Massacre (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Rob Edwards in the January 2006 issue.
    The various ways in which we understand and tell history as well as the multiple variations on the 'truth' of an event are explored in brilliant detail in Katrina M Schlunke's book Bluff Rock: Autobiography of a Massacre. This book examines a story of 'massacre' from Schlunke's childhood home, the New England area of New South Wales. The event in question, known as the Bluff Rock Massacre by everyone in the area, involves the killing of Aboriginal people by white settlers. The massacre is a battleground for multiple versions of a history that most want relegated to the 'past'. Schlunke ... read more.

Influence - Operator: Two Plays (2005)

  • imageReviewed by David Crouch in the February 2006 issue.
    If the rumours are true, rather than a ploy to promote a play, then it seems David Williamson has written his final work for the theatre. Influence is reportedly Williamson's last play, and it seems a highly successful note on which to end; the play broke the Sydney Theatre Company's box office records when it debuted, and the script has the incisive insight and economy of Williamson's best creations. As in earlier work like The Removalists, the play draws its substance from certain crucial, always vexed, issues in currency within the milieu of contemporary society; and, again in keeping with ... read more.

Kayang and Me (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Christine Choo in the July 2006 issue.
    Set in the Southwest of Western Australia, in country claimed by both authors to be the place that owns them, Kayang and Me is the fruit of collaboration between senior Aboriginal woman, Kayang Hazel Brown, and the younger Kim Scott. Brown, matriarch of a large extended family, has a vast store of memories and stories of times past, family and kin relationships which provide context and depth of knowledge to Scott's explorations of his identity and connections to Brown's family and the wider Noongar community. For Scott, now an accomplished author, this is the third book in which he ... read more.

Mortgage Nation: The 2004 Australian Election (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Eve Vincent in the July 2006 issue.
    Mortgage Nation takes its title from an article of the same name by George Megalogenis, published in the Weekend Australian in the aftermath of the 2004 election. Megalogenis' analysis is cited approvingly by Malcolm Mackerras in Mackerras' contribution to Mortgage Nation the book: both commentators argue that interest rates provide the single most decisive explanation for the Coalition's thrashing of Latham-led Labor at the 2004 polls. Mackerras, via Megalogenis, points to a table that ranks electorates according to 'the proportion of dwellings being purchased'. He finds that 'the average ... read more.

The Poverty Wars (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Ann Jensen in the November 2005 issue.
    There are some interesting dilemmas in Peter Saunders' new book Poverty Wars. The first problem he notes, is the credibility gap created by his own secure paid job. The second problem is that he is not writing about a war to end poverty, but about the war of words that surrounds the concept of poverty, particularly in the 'lucky country'. The third tricky glitch is that in his book, Peter Saunders is compelled to refer to The Other Peter Saunders, his nemesis, who is also a professor, also concerned about the concept of poverty, but on the opposite side of the fence, at the Centre for ... read more.

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