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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.


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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.



 
 
 
 
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It’s a Fair Cop, Guv: Australian Fans of The Bill

  • Margaret Rogers
    imageThe British serial The Bill holds a special position within the television police genre, not only because of its longevity in Britain and Australia but also due to its ability to adapt to the changing demands of industry and audience. Since its inception The Bill has continually renegotiated the boundaries of the television police genre through innovative production techniques, characterisation and the creation of an active fandom. First broadcast in Britain in 1984 as an example of the police procedural category of the television police genre, it was hailed by critics and audience for its ...
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Network Review of Books

Facing Asia: A History of the Columbo Plan (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Matthew Ericson in the December 2004 issue.
    Facing Asia: A History of the Colombo Plan by Daniel Oakman is a superb book: well researched with extensive use of primary resource material; well argued with clear and largely jargon-free language; and with a basic analytical framework that speaks volumes for the merits of clear and concise research methodology and language. Oakman traces the origins and objectives of the Colombo Plan, which began in the 1950s and ostensibly sought to bring students of South and East Asia to Australia's eight universities, where they would be educated before returning to their own countries to propagate ... read more.
     

Black Tide: A Jack Irish Thriller (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Rebecca Johinke in the July 2004 issue.
    Black Tide is Peter Temple's second Jack Irish novel -- originally released in 1999 by Random House -- it has been re-published by Text in 2004. I hope this means that more readers will have the opportunity to delve into Temple's dark crime novels. The winner of a record four Ned Kelly awards, Temple's writing deserves to be feted, and I make no apology for stating that I'm a big fan of his work. Black Tide is awash with dirty money and dirty laundry and Irish is swept up in a current that pulls him towards the seemingly spotless Steven Levesque. Readers are kept busy trying to track, let ... read more.

Kisch in Australia: the untold story (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Rowan Cahill in the December 2004 issue.
    In November 1934 the Czech journalist, author, communist and anti-fascist activist Egon Erwin Kisch, literally leapt into the pages of Australian history. Kisch had been invited to Australia to address meetings organised by the Melbourne branch of the Movement Against War and Fascism. The conservative Lyons government, keeping faith with its electoral pledge to destroy communism, contrived to prevent Kisch entering Australia and cynically resorted to the Immigration Act to implement a political ban. Newly appointed Attorney-General Robert Menzies handled the matter. Kisch was multilingual. ... read more.

The Europeans in Australia: Volume 2, Democracy (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Paul A Pickering in the March 2005 issue.
    As a genre, general history -- especially national history -- is fraught with difficulty. Almost invariably a general survey is open to quibbles about omissions and inclusions. The second volume of Alan Atkinson's three volume history of Europeans in Australia is no exception. Indeed because of its structure and focus this volume will attract more than its share of quibbles. There is a temptation to compare Atkinson's undertaking with Manning Clark's epic six volume narrative account of Australia since 1788 but actually the two projects do not lend themselves to comparison. Clark offered ... read more.

This Country: A Reconciled Republic? (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Tony Smith in the August 2004 issue.
    Many Australians approached the 1990s optimistically. There was potential for the advancement of the rights of Australia's Indigenous peoples, and interested parties anticipated the Centenary of Federation in 2001 as an opportunity to make the necessary Constitutional reforms to bring the Australian nation-state to full maturity. By 2000 however, these hopes had dissipated. According to some observers, the election of a conservative Coalition Government in 1996 ended the reform agenda. Perhaps the electorate wanted to evict the Labor Government that had ruled since 1983, specifically to change ... read more.

Watson's Dictionary of Weasel Words, Contemporary Cliches, Cant and Management Jargon (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Sue Bond in the May 2005 issue.
    The world where weasel words are used is one in which people are defined as customers * and to consume is to live. If you are killed, particularly in war, you are said to have been attrited, taken out, lit up or degraded. If you are sacked from your job, you are downsized, decruited, iced (have an involuntary career event), dejobbed, rightsized, made redundant, re-engineered or made subject to an efficiency gain output. If you die in hospital, you have suffered a negative patient (or client) outcome. It is the world of mission statements, team players, torture lite and lifestyles, ordinary ... read more.



 
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