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Saturday, 19th 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

Mum's Got A Whirlpool: Abject Bodies and the Regulation of Maternity

  • Kylie Message
    In her study of Australian paintings produced in the second half of the nineteenth century, Jeanette Hoorn argues that these images represent ‘motherhood as a condition which requires the intervention of men’.1 She is concerned with the absence of images that depict motherhood as a successful enterprise. I would suggest that the codes informing these images maintained currency within the decade following the second world war. The absence of images presenting contented and able mothers was reconfigured by the advertising of the fifties, as is indicated by my examples from The ...
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Network Review of Books

Lives in Limbo: Voices of Refugees Under Temporary Protection (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Tony Smith in the September 2004 issue.
    In mid 2004, the Australian Government made two decisions that taken at face value, seemed to indicate a softening of policy towards asylum seekers. While previous governments had far from perfect records in relation to our responsibility to refugees, the Howard Government has been severely criticised for exploiting the plight of asylum seekers for political gain. The list of accusations is long but it includes: mandatory detention, turning vessels away, changing the nation's boundaries, compromising Pacific neighbours, contracting out responsibility for remote camps, denying media access to ... read more.

The Wonder Country: Making New Zealand Tourism (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Ian Morrison in the October 2004 issue.
    The Wonder Country is in many respects a good book. Margaret McClure is an accomplished researcher and an elegant prose writer. She has absorbed a vast quantity of raw data -- official and personal records, as well as secondary material -- and has crafted a smooth, lucid narrative. The team at AUP have produced a handsome volume, with the right dimensions to do justice to the many beautiful illustrations without distracting from the text. If you want to know about the development of New Zealand's tourism industry, The Wonder Country is a mine of factual information -- pleasingly presented, and ... read more.

Identity and Justice: Conflicts, Contradictions and Contingencies (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Barbara Baird in the August 2005 issue.
    Debbie Rodan's book sets out to weave a path through theoretical approaches that assume sameness among people, and those that assume difference, in order to think about justice in a contemporary liberal society like Australia. (The book uses 'liberal' broadly and does not, for example, engage in arguments about neoliberalism). Rodan neither fully embraces nor discards modernist or postmodern conceptions of identity and sets out to propose models that do not fall into binary oppositions of sameness and difference. The book is oriented to the goal of achieving social change in the political ... read more.

Sex and Money (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Dean Durber in the February 2005 issue.
    Is Mark Dapin serious? Is he for real? He promotes himself as a 'socialist', concerned with the plight of the world, just a poor boy from England living in the middle of two broken homes--a true working class wannabe liberationist, but, turn a page or two, and suddenly he is enthroned as editor of a magazine that publishes pictures of naked women for the masturbatory pleasures (he assumes). Now where is the revolution in that? Perhaps this is the dilemma of Mark and his life story. Perhaps his twisted, schizophrenic view of work and life seeks to explain, 'How I lived, breathed, ... read more.

Curiouser: On the Queerness of Children (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Dean Durber in the April 2005 issue.
    Queerness and children do not play well together. They are far from perfect bedfellows. This is not just a belief held by those sitting on the conservative side. It is shared too by many with liberal minds. There has been and is widespread fear about the proximity of queerness to the young. Today, this fear translates today into a cultural obsession with the paedophile -- 'he' who lurks amongst us, waiting to pounce on innocent, sexless children. Curiouser: On the Queerness of Children appears in the midst of a cultural paranoia surrounding sex and children. In its approaches to the subject ... read more.

Friendly Street: New Poets Nine (2004)

  • imageReviewed by Maureen Gibbons in the September 2005 issue.
    I need to hone my sharpest blade to peel away the outer skin and feel its pure white heart but that is just the beginning ... ('Peeling Onions')Jill Gloyne in the title poem of her collection alerts the reader, in a one sentence stanza, to the incisive nature of her writing praxis. With the metaphor of the white heart Gloyne sets the tone for an interrogation of issues that need an injection of blood warmth and she does so with deftness, honesty and a sense of fun. Her sonnet, recently awarded ... read more.

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