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Wednesday, 23rd 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

The Historiography of the International Student Policy Trajectory

  • Margaret Kumar
    Through Gayatri Spivak’s1 strategy of historiography and the notion of ‘reading against the grain’ this article provides, by way of the formulation of a model of the international student policy trajectory, a descriptive and interpretive discourse analysis of Australian policy concerning international students. The objective is, to borrow from Spivak, to attempt to retrieve the subject ‘in an attempt to undo a massive historiographic metalepsis’.2 In this way, this argument ‘situates’ the effect of the subject so that any discourse that takes place ...
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Network Review of Books

Reports from a Wild Country: Ethics for Decolonisation (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Ravi De Costa in the April 2005 issue.
    Deborah Bird Rose's latest work is the product of extended reflections on the ways by which Australians have hitherto understood and engaged with Indigenous cultures, those cultures themselves and what they might tell all Australians about the impending ecological crises the country is facing. In particular, she urges us to work on a new ethics that centres a concern about Indigenous suffering and colonial violence. Rose develops her 'ethics of decolonisation' as a critique of European philosophical commitments. She sees these embedded in such language as 'wildlife' or 'emancipation' and on ... read more.

The Taste of Memory: Food and gardens have taken Marion Halligan to some surprising places... (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Sylvia Marchant in the March 2005 issue.
    Marion Halligan is an accomplished writer who needs no introduction to an Australian audience as her novels, short stories and non-fiction works, especially those about food, are well known and admired. She is indeed an Australian icon. Halligan's first published works were about food and here she returns to her favourite theme, taking a trip down memory lane in the tradition of memoir, a memoir framed by meditations on food, wine, gardens, life, and art, themes which have pervaded her life and experience. There are philosophic meanderings and reflections on such things as possessions, ... read more.

Fontanelle (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Mark Mahemoff in the November 2005 issue.
    A leaf on the doorstep- don't even have to pick it up to know the news Cid CormanI always thought the word sequester one of the most beautiful in the English language. Now I would have to say that fontanelle is in direct competition. Although I knew the word and its meaning before reviewing this book of poems by Andrew Lansdown, I had never seen it singled out in such a way. To my mind, the main qualitative difference between these two words is that sequester has a particularly masculine cadence whereas fontanelle, apart from its meanings and associations, has a feminine one. Maybe ... read more.

The Vocal Citizen: Labor Essays 2004 (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Michael Alexander de Percy in the May 2005 issue.
    Reinvigorating politics through citizen participation is a key focus of The Vocal Citizen. A collection of essays and speeches by fifteen academics and policy practitioners, edited by Glenn Patmore, this book outlines useful approaches to address public distrust of democratic institutions and cynicism towards politics. Not surprisingly, centre-left political themes dominate the essays, with many contributors focusing on 'universal citizenship in a good society' as an effective philosophical model to empower citizens in political decision making. Neo-liberal policies and market forces are ... read more.

Not For Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Lisette Kaleveld in the July 2005 issue.
    Even for those of us repeatedly reaching for the delete button, the visibility and accessibility of pornography in our everyday lives has increased exponentially. And yet, strangely, any substantial critique of it remains invisible. What is this silence? Is it discomfort? Is it approval? At best our reaction to pornography and prostitution is a snigger. And what can anyone really say in a world where Larry Flynt is a people's hero and a 'Porn star' t-shirt is a liberating statement (Clarke p 157). In our contemporary world, as Elizabeth Wurtzel has said, innocence itself is subversive. Clarke ... read more.

The Red Book (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Natasha Giardina in the September 2005 issue.
    The Red Book, self-published by Chris Devir (2004), adheres to some of the key traits of good science fiction and post-apocalyptic fiction. It engages with a range of contemporary social issues, which it extrapolates into a future context in order to examine them and contribute a particular moral and political position. Although significantly hampered by poor editing, Devir's story still manages to provide a timely warning to readers on the consequences of our political, social, and environmental management systems. The Red Book tells the story of the remnants of our civilisation. Nuclear ... read more.

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