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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

Australia House: A Little Australia in London

  • Olwen Pryke
    When the new Australian Commonwealth sought ‘representation’ in London, it did not merely look for a suitable site for the new offices of the high commissioner; it also wished to establish a representative image of federated Australia in Great Britain. The ensuing controversy exposed a diverse range of practical and symbolic concerns, most particularly the ways in which Australians in Australia perceived ‘Australia’; the importance to Australians, both in Australia and Great Britain, of locating and building a ‘little Australia in London’ to represent ...
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Network Review of Books

Dirt Cheap: Life at the Wrong End of the Job Market (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Robert Imre in the July 2005 issue.
    Dirt Cheap is a jarring book. Reminiscent of Studs Terkel's books on life in the United States published in the late 1960s and early 1970s, or Ehrenreich's classic Nickel and Dimed, Wynhausen delivers an analysis that is devastating to the supporters of the new economy. The book has a primary focus of illustrating how people in Australia live from minimum wage employment. Wynhausen seeks to explore this way of life, she claims, without a preconceived agenda. Further, in a self-critical prologue, Wynhausen foreshadows her own personal journey in describing articles written for newspapers in ... read more.

The Singing (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Zora Simic in the September 2005 issue.
    Broken hearts and illness are universal experiences, but like dreams, they can sometimes grate in the telling. Luckily Australian writer Stephanie Bishop manages to pack these themes with proper resonance, in spite of -- or possibly because of -- her small canvas. Her debut novel The Singing has at its quiet yet turbulent centre an un-named woman with an unidentified illness. She is in love with an un-named man, possibly a few years older, with a family he's left behind and a determination to see their love endure past the frustration of her sickness. They live in the bush outside a city ... read more.

East by South: China in the Australasian Imagination (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Mads Clausen in the issue.
    Charles Ferrall, Paul Millar and Keren Smith, East by South: China in the Australasian Imagination, Victoria University Press, 2005 An exceedingly wide-ranging overview of Australian and New Zealand discourses of China, Ferrall, Millar and Smith's East by South: China in the Australasian Imagination breaks valuable new ground by engaging sinophobia and sinophilia alike. Most critical accounts of this nexus tend to pay token attention to Australian and New Zealand discourses of engagement with and curiosity about China, but generally opt to focus almost exclusively on the manifold ways in which ... read more.

Suburban Anatomy (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Nathanael O'Reilly in the July 2006 issue.
    Canberra poet Penelope Layland's 2005 collection Suburban Anatomy was Shortlisted for the 2006 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards' Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. The cover blurb states, 'This is her first collection of poetry.' However, in 1998 Molonglo Press actually published Layland's first collection, The Unlikely Orchard, which was commended by the judges of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature's Mary Gilmore Award for a First Book of Poetry. It is not clear why this information is not included anywhere in Layland's latest volume, as it is common practice for ... read more.

The Australia-First Movement (2005)

  • imageReviewed by Emma Dawson in the November 2005 issue.
    Any study of the activities of the Australian Right in the 1930s and 1940s will inevitably contain a dense and complex network of characters, and Barbara Winter's The Australia First Movement is no exception. Adapted from her Master of Arts thesis for the University of Queensland, Winter's work is clearly the product of painstaking and rigorous research into one of the murkiest chapters of Australian political history. The relatively short-lived Australian First movement, which existed as a cohesive group for only four months in 1941/1942, comprised a multifarious collection of activists, ... 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.

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