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imageMarian Simms and John Warhurst (eds), Mortgage Nation: The 2004 Australian Election

This comprehensive study of the historic win by the Howard Coalition Government is the fourth collaborative venture between Marian Simms and John Warhurst. In their introduction and overview Simms and Warhurst provide a comprehensive account of politics between the 2001 and 2004 elections, including the delicate balancing act in the Senate, the impact of external factors, like the US Alliance, and internal factors like the troubled state of the Labor Party; and conclude with an analysis of the surprising aftermath of the election.
imageChristy Collis and Maggie Nolan (eds), Benevolence

On the television show Backyard Blitz, Australians judged as deserving by their families and friends receive the gift of surprise makeovers to their gardens; in Australian public hospitals, trainee surgeons hone their skills on willing patients; in literary travel narratives, non-Indigenous Australian writers attempt to forge a relationship with the land and its traditional owners; and in inner-city Brisbane, the City Council builds lockers and sleeping areas for the park's homeless occupants. In Australian courts, legislators create copyright laws in an attempt to protect Indigenous ownership of traditional narratives; the South Australian Museum mounts a new Aboriginal Cultures Gallery; Indigenous actors face impact of the normativity of whiteness as they practice their craft; and the Queensland government of the early twentieth century enacts policies of 'Aboriginal Protection'.
imageGus Worby and Lester-Irabinna Rigney (eds), Sharing Spaces: Indigenous and non-Indigenous Responses to Story, Country and Rights

This broad-ranging, interrelated collection of conversations and essays by Elders, Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars addresses a range of contemporary issues including the politics of sharing space derived from a colonial history of non-sharing, the relationship between the stories Australians tell themselves about their place in the world as peoples and nation, the differing concepts of country and knowledge that give stories their context and meaning and the way this combination of grounded narratives animates and informs rights discourse – in Australia and beyond.
imageAgnes Toth and Bernard Hickey (eds), Reconciliations

Does this Australian form of Reconciliation involve a genuine attempt at equality or is it simply a new means of perpetuating age-old oppressions? Reconciliations brings together leading European and Australian scholars to investigate the myriad possibilities.

Essays by Stephen Alomes, Carmen Arzua, Bruce Bennett, Delys Bird, Barbara Bloch, Gabriella Espak, Garth Nettheim, Mitchell Rolls, Xavier Pons, Eleanore Wildburger.
imageLenore Manderson (ed.), Rethinking Wellbeing

Rethinking Wellbeing was inspired by debates about measurements of health, happiness and wellbeing that pay inadequate attention to social structural factors and the economic and cultural contexts in which people live. The critique is as timely now as ever.
imageTim Rowse (ed.), Contesting Assimilation

'Assimilation' was one of the most hopeful social ideals of post-second world war Australia, a rallying cry for those who wanted a 'fair go' for Indigenous peoples. [...] By the 1970s, 'Assimilation' had slipped into disrepute and was a dirty word among people of progressive opinion. [...] In Contesting Assimilation, fifteen historians illuminate moments in twentieth century Australia when the policy of 'assimilation' was being planned, implemented, abandoned and debated.
imageDenis Cryle and Jean Hillier (eds), Consent and Consensus: Politics, Media and Governance in Twentieth Century Australia

Consent and Consensus examines a range of socio-cultural and political scenarios and examples of 'manufacturing consent' in Australia, both historically and contemporary. The volume has two main interrelating themes: the role of media in manufacturing consent and/or consensus among the Australian population; aspects of socio-cultural and especially political consent and consensus-making at all levels of governance.
imageLinda Rhodes, Two For the Price of One: The Lives of Mining Wives

A mixture of poignant biography, social history and critical analysis, 'Two for the Price of One' offers a fascinating and eminently readable account of the lives of 'mining wives' across Australian history. As ordinary women, they face extraordinary circumstances, challenging the male-centred story of mining and presenting the industry as never before.
imageBrad West (ed), Down the Road: Exploring Backpacker and Independent Travel

Increasingly, the tourism industry is using the terms 'backpacking' and 'independent travel' to market more flexible and 'alternative' travel products, but there is an ambiguity over how these terms should be defined, assessed and understood. [...] Down the Road explores the various dimensions of independent travel, highlighting and challenging well-established and more recent traveller stereotypes.
imageStephen Muecke (ed), Textual Spaces

Colonial violence was based on problems of communication and culture. For instance, Aborigines were seen as having no written language and therefore no culture worth respecting. but although they didn't have alphabetical writing, they did have complex forms of iconography. So what appears to be mere dots and lines to a non-Aborigine could in fact be spatial signs containing layers of meaning which can be 'read' by Western Desert people.
imageHelen Addison-Smith, An Nguyen and Denise Tallis (eds), New Talents: Backburning, JAS 84

In the last few decades, 'firebreaks' have begun to be carved into the academy; narrow, defined spaces where 'others' and 'otherness' were first allowed to criss-cross a once-conservative landscape. Often, universities worked to include this difference, but they also sought to keep it in its place, hoping to thus keep the 'centre' intact. However, these 'firebreaks' have in fact become the sites from which 'backburning' in the academy could properly begin.
imageRichard Nile and Denise Tallis (eds), Construction Works, JAS 83

Articles by Marion Maddox, Erin Ihde, David Nichols, Jo-Anne Pemberton, Susan Lemar, Julie Ustinoff and Kay Saunders, Anthea Taylor, Peter C Pugsley and Jillian Walliss. Creative work by Susan Tridgell, Stephen Lawrence, Glen Phillips and Ioana Petrescu.
imageRichard Nile and Denise Tallis (eds), Colour, JAS 82

Articles by Jacqueline Zara Wilson, Angela Campbell, Jeannette Delamoir, Damien W Riggs, Arthur Saniotis, Tracy Spencer, Dave Palmer and Garry Gillard and John O'Leary. Creative work by Lucy Alexander, Janine Fraser, Kataria Konkoly, Miriam W Lo, David Musgrave and Jen Webb.
imageJudith Wright, The Cry for the Dead

The Cry for the Dead is an ethical history written at a time when few texts dealt with Indigenous dispossession or the damage to the Australian environment caused by farming methods and introduced species.
imageJudith Wright, Preoccupations in Australian Poetry

In Preoccupations in Australian Poetry, Judith Wright explores and reinterprets the work of early Australian poets in the context of a developing national identity and their relationship to the land.
imageDennis Altman, Defying Gravity: A Political Life

I was filled with a strong desire to recount the interwoven story of the two major changes in consciousness I have lived through during the past thirty years, namely the creation of a 'gay nation' and the simultaneous re-imagination of Australia as a multi-cultural society … The great challenge for Australia, as for many other countries, is to find a balance between the recognition of diversity and the need for social cohesion based on more than merely preserving the privileges of a dominant group.
imageDennis Altman, Rehearsals for Change

Many of today's political commentators seem inclined to the view that the debate about globalisation and its discontents is a recent one. They should read Rehearsals for Change. [...] The republication of Rehearsals for Change is a very timely reminder that there are alternatives, and that our very survival as a civilised society may depend upon embracing them.
imageMarian Sawer and Barry Hindess (eds), Us and Them: Anti-Elitism in Australia

'For anyone wanting to know more about the key to Howard's success, and the dominance of conservative politics more generally in this country and elsewhere, this book is a must read. Highly recommended'. - Lloyd Cox, Latrobe
'The detail in the book is wonderful but what else can we do but laugh when the sages of New Ltd and the lords of talk back tell us that in this day and age only snobs worry about equity'. - David Marr

No longer is anti-elitism the province of political outsiders -- it has been taken up by Australia's leaders. [...] It suggests that university-educated elites are contemptuous of the values of ordinary people and of the national interest. It has been used to rally opposition to these elites (them) and to justify claims to speak for ordinary people (us).
imageDavid McCooey (ed.), Life Writing: Issue 2

Life Writing is a new international journal of auto/biography. The second issue, edited by David McCooey, addresses the theme of life writing and the public sphere. Articles by Kay Schaffer and Sidonie Smith, Sam Raditlhalo, Michael Jacklin, John McLaren, Wenche Ommundsen, Elizabeth Podnieks, Laurie McNeill. Creative pieces by Shirley Geok-lin Lim and Maria Takolander. Reviews by Judith Lütge Coullie and Vasanthie Padayachee, Jennifer Jones and David McCooey.
imageChris Conlan (ed.), Teaching English Language in Australia: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Issues

The essential guide for teachers of English as a second language. Teaching English Language in Australia offers invaluable advice from Australia's foremost linguistic scholars and teachers of English as a second language. The insights collected in these pages represent decades of active teaching and linguistic research.
imageBobbie Oliver, Unity is Strength: A History of the Australian Labor Party and the Trades and Labor Council in Western Australia

In this Centenary History of the Australian Labor Party (WA), interwoven with the stories of Premiers, Party and Union Leaders, Bobbie Oliver includes the contributions of bush organisers and party workers. Drawing on a vast body of archival material, Dr Oliver relates the slow and often unseen progress of women and minority groups in achieving influence in the Party or the industrial organisation.


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Murdoch University
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