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Monday, 28th July 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

'Don't Cry for Me, Diamantina': An Alternative Reading of Pauline Hanson

  • Adam Shoemaker
    If being chosen as the target of a satire by the comedians of the Seven network’s Full Frontal is any indication, Pauline Hanson is now one of the highest-profile politicians in Australia. Her meteoric rise to prominence cannot be questioned: on many occasions over the past twelve months her weekly media coverage has exceeded that of the combined front bench of the government. Whether despised or adored, her name now commands instant recognition everywhere in Australia: no other politician has appeared on television programs as varied as Frontline, Burke’s Backyard and 60 Minutes ...
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Network Review of Books

HM Bark Endeavour (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Helen Bethune Moore in the November 2005 issue.
    HM Bark Endeavour was first published in 1997 by the Miegunyah Press, an imprint of the Melbourne University Press. The publisher promoted it as 'the most thorough study yet undertaken of James Cook's Endeavour and her voyage along the east coast of Australia in 1770'. It won both the NSW Premier's Literary Award, Book of the Year, and the NSW Premier's Literary Award, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction in 1999. At the time, critics said: 'Ray Parkin's HM Bark Endeavour ... must rank as one of the grandest books of its kind produced in this country'.(Peter Craven, Australian)'This is a ... read more.

My Island Home: A Torres Strait Memoir (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Clive Moore in the June 2004 issue.
    John Singe, a school teacher in Torres Strait, Papua New Guinea and north Queensland since 1970, is an established author of the region, having published The Torres Strait: People and History (1979), Culture in Change: Torres Strait History in Photographs (1988) and Among Islands (1993). My Island Home, as its title suggests, a memoir of his years in the Strait, 1970 to 1996. It is the story of an ordinary graduate of Brisbane's Kelvin Grove Teachers' College in 1969, who chose to be posted to Queensland's most northern outpost and stayed on, marrying twice to Strait's women. The book has a ... read more.

History and Native Title (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Elizabeth Coleman in the March 2004 issue.
    Published ten years after the introduction of the Native Title Act, the sixteen essays published in this issue of Studies in Western Australian History present a 'snap-shot' of the outcomes of a legal solution to the moral problems created by colonialism. The essays, written by Aboriginal people and historians involved in the native title process, discuss the possibilities opened up by the Act, and the bitter disappointments and achievements that flowed from it. As such, History and Native Title is an important historical document in its own right. The editors, Christine Choo and Shawn ... read more.

Greeniology: How to live well, be green and make a difference (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Lisette Kaleveld in the July 2003 issue.
    In meeting the demands of modern living, some of us feel hopelessly constrained, and utterly ineffective at reducing our impact on the environment, which is both good reason to avoid and good reason to embrace a book like Greeniology: How to live well, be green and make a difference. Author, Tanya Ha, is a campaign development and media manager for Planet Ark, a well-known non-political environmental group that is supported by the proceeds of Greeniology. Tanya Ha, featured on the front cover in a friendly pose that is reminiscent of her semi-celebrity as a regular TV - show guest, has been ... read more.

Landscapes of the Soul: The Loss of Moral Meaning in American Life (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Susan Tridgell in the issue.
    America's influence on the world seems often to be both ubiquitous and negative: whether it be environmental degradation, economic exploitation or the undermining of the Geneva Convention, America plays a prominent role. Often (especially post September 11) America's failings are sheeted home to the influence of religious fundamentalists. It's interesting, then, to come across a book which sees the lack of religious feeling in ordinary Americans (rather than the excess) as underlying its culture of individualism and disregard for social and environmental concerns. Douglas Porpora's book, ... read more.

Farewell Cinderella: creating arts and identity in Western Australia (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Shannon Schedlich-Day in the February 2004 issue.
    For years, Western Australia has been lumbered with the pejorative epithet of the 'Cinderella State.' In Farewell Cinderella: Creating Arts and Identity in Western Australia, nine authors seek to prove that the tag no longer applies to the state. In the eight essays which cover a broad spectrum of mediums and time, the authors trace the history of the arts in Western Australia. The editors of the text believe that Western Australia has moved past being the 'Cinderella State,' and can now rightfully claim its place alongside the other states in terms of having a defined cultural identity. ... read more.

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