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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

Alchemy, Real Estate and the Culture of Conservation in Byron Bay

  • Dara Tatray
    imageThe scientific and industrial revolutions marked a radical shift in how we describe the universe and operate within it. The shift has been revolutionary not in the speed with which changes have taken place but in their continuing influence on our lives. According to Marx and Engels’ base/superstructure theory of history, social revolutions begin in society’s economic base. When the material forces of production come into conflict with existing relations of production this initiates a period of rapid social change which transforms the entire superstructure. Carolyn Merchant argues ...
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Network Review of Books

Corrupting the Youth: A History of Philosophy in Australia (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Kathy Lothian in the December 2004 issue.
    If one of the features of a good work of history is its ability to tell a captivating story, then James Franklin has produced a winner. Corrupting the Youth: a history of philosophy in Australia is a highly readable and engaging book. Franklin, a mathematician with research interests in philosophy, draws us into a world where philosophical ideas really matter, and where academics really do have lasting influence on their students, for good or ill. It is the world of the University of Sydney, where the polemical philosopher John Anderson held sway over the department for more than thirty years. ... read more.

Lionel Lindsay in Spain: An Antipodean Abroad (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Joanna Mendelssohn in the July 2004 issue.
    The late Joan Kerr said of women artists that it was their fate to be 'discovered' afresh every generation, before being once again forgotten. Colin Holden's study of Lionel Lindsay is perhaps best described as evidence that women are not alone in the resurrection stakes. Holden's aim is to reassess the oeuvre of this most influential of all 20th century Australian printmakers and to make a new generation aware of the cultural impact of Spain on his art. In this he is following in the footsteps of Ron Radford, the late Nicholas Draffin and myself. This is not to denigrate Holden's effort but ... read more.

Ingenious: Emerging Youth Cultures in Urban Australia (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Julie Ustinoff in the March 2004 issue.
    Ingenious, as the editors indicate in their acknowledgements, grew largely out of research conducted for the GENERATE project conducted in New South Wales in 2000. That project aimed to 'realise the contemporary nature of migration heritage and highlight the positive contribution that young people from migrant backgrounds make to the creation of that heritage, and to dynamic culture in Sydney and Australia.' Clearly that research uncovered a thriving youth culture among Australian young people with migrant backgrounds, and revealed an enormous degree of diversity in their expressions of ... read more.

Cultural History in Australia (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Tim Dolin in the October 2003 issue.
    'Culture', as everybody knows by now, is one of the two or three most complicated words in the English language. It is also one of the two or three most overused words in the humanities these days--although, come to think of it, 'construct' as a noun and 'privilege' as a verb can't really match it with the 'c' word. Nearly half a century ago, Raymond Williams's Culture and Society (1958) began, famously, by tracing the complex history of changes in the word's meanings, which concentrate 'a number of important and continuing reactions to ... changes in our social, economic, and political life' ... read more.

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.

Three Weeks in Bali: A Personal Account of the Bali Bombing (2003)

  • imageReviewed by Maria Tumarkin in the July 2003 issue.
    Alan Atkinson, ABC journalist based in Adelaide, was on holiday in Bali with his wife and two teenage kids, when the two explosions in Paddy's Bar and Sari Club in the heart of Bali's most popular tourist district late on Saturday 12 October 2002, claimed the lives of two hundred and two people, eighty-eight of whom were Australian. This book is the diary Alan kept of his three weeks in Bali -- 11 days of bliss and then of waking up very early on Sunday morning to a phone-call from Australia. On the other side of the phone is Alan's brother-in-law in Sydney. There's been an explosion at Kuta. ... read more.

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