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Thursday, 24th 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 Age of Transition: Nursing and Caring in the Nineteenth Century

  • Wendy Madsen
    The history of nursing is inextricably linked with caring activities — indeed, much of the early literature on nursing uses these terms interchangeably. Over the past 150 years, this relationship has been both exploited and actively rejected by nurses. For example, the Queensland Nurses’ Union’s recent campaigns have pivoted around the slogan, ‘Nurses Care’. However, during the latter part of the nineteenth century, nurses as a group of emerging professionals sought to distinguish themselves from carers. This paper will examine the relationship between nursing and ...
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Network Review of Books

Professional Savages: Captive Lives and Western Spectacle (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Victoria Haskins in the October 2004 issue.
    In the late nineteenth century, two separate groups of North Queensland Aboriginal people were taken overseas and exhibited as curiosities to audiences across North America and Europe. In an age of extraordinary callousness, many of them would never return, submitting in death to the final indignity of the colonial project. A century later, this forgotten history came to public notice with the return of Tambo's embalmed body to his Palm Island community. Roslyn Poignant, who was researching the lives and experiences of these people and determined to move away from simple constructions of ... read more.

Recoding Nature: Critical Perspectives on Genetic Engineering (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Colin Sanderson in the June 2004 issue.
    As a young medical researcher in the 1960s with a broad interest in the arts, I read CP Snow's 'The Two Cultures', which detailed the rift he perceived between science and humanities. The two cultures of today are science and pseudoscience, and many of the contributions to this book are in the latter category. The academic tone of the book is established by Mae-Wan Ho in the Foreword. Coming across sweeping statements like 'the much touted embryonic stem cells carry cancer risks and are prone to uncontrollable variation in culture' and 'having been thoroughly discredited by scientific ... read more.

Axis of Deceit: the story of the intelligence officer who risked all to tell the truth about WMD and Iraq (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Bernard Whimpress in the May 2005 issue.
    I like direct language. And there is certainly nothing mealy-mouthed about whistle-blowing, former intelligence officer, Andrew Wilkie's Axis of Deceit. The title is a superb play on George W Bush's phrase 'axis of evil' from his State of the Union Address of January 2002. It is a strong counterpoint to the soppy 'Coalition of the Willing'. Wilkie's chapter titles are also strong: 'Taking a Stand', 'An Unnecessary War', 'The Big Lie', 'Blame Game', 'Public Disservice' and 'Silencing Dissent' offer a sample. There can also hardly be a stronger start than his opening sentence: 'I can't recall ... read more.

Griffith Review: Addicted to Celebrity (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Tony Smith in the February 2005 issue.
    On the day this collection arrived on my desk, about a quarter of the features page of one of Australia's broadsheet newspapers was occupied by musings about a tennis player's courtship behaviour. The sportsman was keeping company with an Australian singer, but his attentions had apparently wandered towards an American girl famous mainly for being famous. The meaning(s) of this preoccupation with people who are perennial subjects of media output, and why it matters, are the themes explored in Addicted to Celebrity. The collection, containing critically fearless works by a company of astute ... read more.

Way to Go: Sadness, Euphoria and the Fremantle Dockers (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Toby Burrows in the July 2004 issue.
    Fremantle coach Chris Connolly had refused to say the F word, but in the last game of the 2003 season a crowd of more than 30,000 at Subiaco Oval chanted it for him: 'Fi-nals! Fi-nals! Fi-nals!' The Fremantle Dockers were on their way to their first finals match after nine years of trying. In the event, the final itself was a complete anti-climax, with the Dockers being soundly beaten, but it marked the coming of age of a team which had been consistently unsuccessful up to that point. When they joined the AFL in 1995, the Dockers were saddled with a silly club song ('Freo, heave-ho...'), a ... read more.

My Natives and I (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Christine Cheater in the May 2005 issue.
    I made my first acquaintance with Daisy Bates in primary school. Her name was on the list for the obligatory 'famous Australians we should all know and love' project. My next meeting with Daisy occurred at university when I picked up a copy of The Passing of the Aborigines while researching an assignment. These brushes with the enduring figure of Daisy Bates -- the research topic -- reflect not only her almost iconic status (at least in the field of Australian Indigenous studies) but also the controversies surrounding both her life and her writings. The controversies start with her personal ... read more.

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