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Book Review: The History Of Democracy: A Marxist Interpretation By Brian S. Roper, John Passant Jan 2015

Book Review: The History Of Democracy: A Marxist Interpretation By Brian S. Roper, John Passant

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Brian Roper's book on the history of democracy from a Marxist perspective is an ambitious one. Roper starts with Athens and Rome and then, as capitalism rises, examines the revolutions in England, America and France and after that the 1848 revolutions across Europe. He then looks at the Paris Commune and The Russian Revolution. In doing this, Roper describes three distinct but related forms of democracy - Athenian democracy which was a form of participatory democracy limited to sections of society; liberal representative democracy which, while nominally open to all, is actually limited to operating within narrow propertied confines; and ...


Book Review: John S. Ahlquist And Margaret Levi, In The Interest Of Others: Organizations And Social Activism, Rowan Cahill Jan 2015

Book Review: John S. Ahlquist And Margaret Levi, In The Interest Of Others: Organizations And Social Activism, Rowan Cahill

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As the poet John Donne famously meditated in 1624, and Ernest Hemingway echoed in 1940, "No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent." John S. Ahlquist and Margaret Levi are interested in this sense of human and social ecology, and investigate it via a comparative study of the memberships, structures, and politics of a target group of American and Australian trade unions.


Book Review: The End Of Laissez-Faire? On The Durability Of Embedded Neoliberalism, Timothy Dimuzio Jan 2015

Book Review: The End Of Laissez-Faire? On The Durability Of Embedded Neoliberalism, Timothy Dimuzio

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On the heels of the global financial crisis, many on the left of the political spectrum anticipated the end of neoliberalism. The financial and economic crisis—global in scope—had supposedly discredited over two decades of neoliberal rule. The massive state interventions required to curtail the worst vagaries of the crisis demonstrated to everyone paying even the remotest attention that deregulated markets are unstable, that bankers cannot be trusted with increasing the money supply and that government intervention could help steer the economy in a more positive direction should politicians be willing. Moreover, the aftermath of the crisis spawned the ...


Book Review: Constructing An Avant Garde: Art In Brazil, 1949-1979 By S. Martins, Michael Leggett Jan 2015

Book Review: Constructing An Avant Garde: Art In Brazil, 1949-1979 By S. Martins, Michael Leggett

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To anyone unfamiliar with the interventions made by avant-garde artists into the art world and occasionally wider society during the middle of the 20th century, this volume delivers a very readable account. The artists, the objects they made and the discussions they generated are selected here in relation to the particular practices and contexts emergent in Brazil following the chaos of World War II (during which the country remained neutral). In keeping with a historiographical approach—rather than an art historical account—the author introduces an initial group of Brazilian artists attracted to ideas concerned with the nature of the ...


Book Review: Limits Of Maritime Jurisdiction By Schofield, Lee And Kwon (Eds.), Lowell Bautista Jan 2014

Book Review: Limits Of Maritime Jurisdiction By Schofield, Lee And Kwon (Eds.), Lowell Bautista

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There has been no shortage of books written on vital aspects of oceans law and policy. But there are few with the breadth and diversity of coverage, written by the most prominent law of the sea scholars and practitioners assembled in a single volume, such as in The Limits of Maritime Jurisdiction. The appeal of this book is undeniable: it is authoritative and scholarly yet accessible and refreshingly practical both to the seasoned scholar and the practitioner, dealing with important contemporary law of the sea issues from an enduring, intellectually robust and critical perspective.


A Book-End Approach To Ethics: The Increasing Importance Of Incorporating Ethics Into The First-Year Curriculum, Karina Murray Jan 2014

A Book-End Approach To Ethics: The Increasing Importance Of Incorporating Ethics Into The First-Year Curriculum, Karina Murray

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Recently, the law degree has become a more generalist degree. Yet the Council of Australian Law Deans advises that almost two-thirds oflaw graduates ultimately seek admission to practice. This means that the majority of students commencing a law degree intend to become a solicitor or barrister. Few first-year students, however, are aware of the processes surrounding admission to the profession. They are unaware that merely completing an LLB degree does not a solicitor make. Prospective law students often do not realise that the degree needs to be supplemented by practical legal training (PLT). Beyond that, having satisfied these two academic ...


Book Review: The Art Of Censorship In Postwar Japan. Studies Of The Weatherhead East Asian Institute. By Kirsten Cather, Rowena G. Ward Jan 2014

Book Review: The Art Of Censorship In Postwar Japan. Studies Of The Weatherhead East Asian Institute. By Kirsten Cather, Rowena G. Ward

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The practice of censorship is a divisive issue that is often justified on moral reasons rather than aesthetic or legalistic ones. It is perhaps because of the claims to morality rather than to the law that it is relatively rare for censorship (or more accurately in Japan’s case, obscenity) to be the subject of criminal trials. Yet, in Japan, from the occupation years through to the present day, there has been on average one high profile censorship trial per decade. In The Art of Censorship in Postwar Japan, Kirsten Cather considers seven such censorship trials held between the 1950s ...


Book Review: Fukushima, Leigh Dale Jan 2014

Book Review: Fukushima, Leigh Dale

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Three years ago today, Japan was hit by the strongest earthquake ever measured in that country – and Fukushima became an international by-word for disaster.

Now, as Japan tries to put its past behind it, Fukushima is back in the news as hundreds of evacuees prepare to return to their homes near the crippled nuclear power plant for the first time next month. But how do any of us begin to understand a disaster that could mean 50,000 people never see their homes again?

ABC journalist Mark Willacy’s Fukushima: Japan’s Tsunami and the Inside Story of the Nuclear ...


Book Review: David Grant, Jagged Seas: The New Zealand Seamen's Union, 1879-2003, Rowan Cahill Jan 2014

Book Review: David Grant, Jagged Seas: The New Zealand Seamen's Union, 1879-2003, Rowan Cahill

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Jagged Seas is a commissioned history of the New Zealand Seamen’s Union (rebranded the New Zealand Seafarers’ Union following amalgamation with the Cooks’ and Stewards’ Union in 1990) from its beginnings in 1879 until it merged in 2002/03 with the New Zealand Waterfront Workers’ Union to form the Maritime Union of New Zealand. Author David Grant has a background in journalism and teaching, and a significant publication record in the research and writing of New Zealand labour movement, and dissident, anti-militarist, histories.


Book Review: David Walker And Agniezka Sobocinska, Eds. Australia's Asia: From Yellow Peril To Asian Century, Julia T. Martinez Jan 2014

Book Review: David Walker And Agniezka Sobocinska, Eds. Australia's Asia: From Yellow Peril To Asian Century, Julia T. Martinez

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Australia's Asia is a timely collection that offers an historical background to the recent debates on Australia's Asian Century. As the use of the term 'yellow peril' in the subtitle suggests, there is a strong emphasis in this book on Australia's ongoing anxieties about the rise of Asia.


Book Review: Desmond Manderson: Kangaroo Courts And The Rule Of Law. The Legacy Of Modernism. Routledge, Abingdon 2012., Luis Gomez Romero Jan 2013

Book Review: Desmond Manderson: Kangaroo Courts And The Rule Of Law. The Legacy Of Modernism. Routledge, Abingdon 2012., Luis Gomez Romero

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Kangaroo Courts represents the height of the recent work that Desmond Manderson has developed around the nexus between ‘law and literature’ and the rule of law. Manderson’s approach to this matter is unique in taking seriously both literary theory and the aesthetic aspects of literary texts—strange though it may seem, this is an authentic revolution in the field of law and literature. Manderson rightly observes that back to their very origins the discourses constructed around the conjunction of ‘law and literature’ have suffered from two structural weaknesses: first ‘a concentration on substance and plot’ and second ‘a salvific ...


Book Review: Nichole Georgeou. Neoliberalism Development And Aid Volunteering, Rowan Cahill Jan 2013

Book Review: Nichole Georgeou. Neoliberalism Development And Aid Volunteering, Rowan Cahill

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As Nichole Georgeou explains at the start of her book, the gestation of this study was her immersion and experiences in the field of aid volunteering in Japan and North Vietnam (pp.xv-xviii). This was during the early 1990s, when she was in her early twenties; they were experiences that left her asking huge moral, ethical, political questions about volunteering.


Book Review: The Self-Made Map: Cartographic Writing In Early Modern France; And, The Face Of The Earth: Natural Landscapes, Science And Culture, Michael G. Leggett Jan 2013

Book Review: The Self-Made Map: Cartographic Writing In Early Modern France; And, The Face Of The Earth: Natural Landscapes, Science And Culture, Michael G. Leggett

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Politics, and (therefore) national and personal identity, are at the core of these two publications. The analysis of the remarkable period of European (and therefore world) history during the early modern period of the 15th and 16th centuries is discussed in the first book and provides the call for the kind of topographic descriptions compiled during the early part of the 21st Century, the topic of the second book. Then as now, proliferation of technology and political change provide the background to these accounts—overtly in the first, occluded in the second.


Book Review Of D. Cahill, L. Edwards And F. Stilwell (Eds.) (2012) ‘Neoliberalism: Beyond The Free Market, Scott Burrows Jan 2013

Book Review Of D. Cahill, L. Edwards And F. Stilwell (Eds.) (2012) ‘Neoliberalism: Beyond The Free Market, Scott Burrows

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Neoliberalism: Beyond the Free Market comes at a time of major economic crisis. This very timely book addresses the nature of neoliberalism as part of, and a consequence of, the global financial crisis. The book is structured in four parts each exploring neoliberalism from a range of inter-disciplinary perspectives. These include historical institutionalists, regulation theorists, Foucauldians, Marxists, Polanyi-inspired scholars and experts on the history of ideas. These approaches provide a useful contextual framework for understanding the concept of neoliberalism.


Collaboration, Circulation And The Question Of Counterfeit In The Book Of Jessica, Michael R. Jacklin Jan 2013

Collaboration, Circulation And The Question Of Counterfeit In The Book Of Jessica, Michael R. Jacklin

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Suspicion is a requirement of professional reading. As one literary critic explains, reflecting on his own process of becoming a better reader: “I have learned to be more suspicious of narrative, not simply for the sake of suspicion, but because the complexity of what is a text deserves my suspicion. I must be suspicious to be a responsible reader of literature.” There is, then, a tension between a text’s designs to make readers believe and a critic’s need to hold that text at a distance, to question it and to remain suspicious. While this tension between text and ...


Book Review: Wilful Blindness By Margaret Heffernan, Brian Martin Jan 2013

Book Review: Wilful Blindness By Margaret Heffernan, Brian Martin

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Whistleblowers see a problem and speak out about it. But what about the people who know there's a problem but say nothing? What about those who can't even see there's a problem?

If you're wondering about these questions, get a copy of Margaret Heffernan's book Willful Blindness. She surveys the evidence about how and why people turn away from unwelcome information, often to their own detriment.


Book Review: Classified Woman By Sibel Edmonds, Brian Martin Jan 2013

Book Review: Classified Woman By Sibel Edmonds, Brian Martin

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If you have any trust in the US justice system, beware! This book shows such deep-seated dysfunction and corruption that any idea of working within the system for change seems forlorn. There is, though, hope in the end.

Edmonds grew up in Iran and Turkey. Her father, a physician, was outspoken in support of justice and paid the penalty, being arrested and tortured under the regime of the Shah of Iran. Edmonds came to the US, thrilled to finally live in a country where freedom meant something - or so she thought.


Book Review: Sato And Imai (Ed): Japan's New Inequality: Intersection Of Employment Reforms And Welfare Arrangements., Kirsti Rawstron Jan 2012

Book Review: Sato And Imai (Ed): Japan's New Inequality: Intersection Of Employment Reforms And Welfare Arrangements., Kirsti Rawstron

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Japan’s New Inequality is a study of the effects of changes in welfare arrangements and employment reforms in Japan since the collapse of Japan’s Bubble Economy in the late 1980s. This volume draws heavily on theories and methods of social stratification studies to explore three general areas: regular and non-regular divisions in labour markets (i.e. between permanent full-time and non-permanent part-time employees); changes in employment structures for women and the self-employed; and changes in family structure, the ageing population and welfare provisions. This volume provides a concise and up-to-date picture of income, wealth and employment inequalities in ...


Book Review: Kallendorf, Craig. The Other Virgil: "Pessimistic" Readings Of The Aeneid In Early Modern Culture, Ika Willis Jan 2011

Book Review: Kallendorf, Craig. The Other Virgil: "Pessimistic" Readings Of The Aeneid In Early Modern Culture, Ika Willis

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The Other Virgil is introduced as a contribution to the debate within classical scholarship over the historicity of "pessimistic" readings of Virgil’s Aeneid. This debate might at first appear to be a minor intradisciplinary quarrel, but in fact it has important implications for reception study more broadly, raising questions about the historicity of reception (and reading in general) and about the validity of various contemporary methodological approaches to reception and allusion.


Urbanizing Frontiers: Indigenous Peoples And Settlers In 19th-Century Pacific Rim Cities [Book Review], Frances Steel Jan 2011

Urbanizing Frontiers: Indigenous Peoples And Settlers In 19th-Century Pacific Rim Cities [Book Review], Frances Steel

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In Australia, classical notions of the frontier and its associated histories of invasion, displacement and violence would tend to point us towards the outback or the bush rather than the urban centres where most of us live today. Penelope Edmonds thoroughly unsettles this notion of a distant frontier by moving it back to the edges of the continent, to the port towns where Europeans first landed and where most of them remained. The frontier was not simply 'out there', synonymous with the unruly boundaries of an expanding pastoral economy, but very close to home. This reorientation recognises that our cities ...


Book Review: With Love And Fury: Selected Letters Of Judith Wright, Dorothy L. Jones Jan 2007

Book Review: With Love And Fury: Selected Letters Of Judith Wright, Dorothy L. Jones

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This book is an important scholarly resource and a treasure trove full of insights into the life of one of Australia’s greatest poets. With the exception of three childhood letters published in the Sydney Morning Herald between 1925 and 1928, the correspondence covers a period from 1942 till Judith Wright’s death in 2000. It is presented in chronological sequence, gathered into groups of eight to ten years, with each group preceded by a poem and a brief editorial account of major events in the author’s life during that particular time. There is a preface by Meredith McKinney ...


A Principled Basis For Psychological Research: Book Review Of Praetorius On Cognition-Action, Daniel Hutto Jan 2002

A Principled Basis For Psychological Research: Book Review Of Praetorius On Cognition-Action, Daniel Hutto

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Praetorius' book advocates a healthy review and reform of the basic assumptions of much general theorising in psychology. Her central concern is to supply reasons of principle to demarcate the psychological and stave off reductionism. She seeks to derive these results from a handful of principles that she holds must be accepted since they form the very grounds for engaging in any inquiry at all. She employs these to good effect by showing that a number of prominent targets engaged in psychological theorising, including Gibson, Marr, Saussure, Stich and Fodor, are prey to deep-seated confusions about the general relation between ...


Syntax Before Semantics, Structure Before Content (Book Review Of Carstairs-Mccarthy On Language-Origins), Daniel Hutto Jan 2001

Syntax Before Semantics, Structure Before Content (Book Review Of Carstairs-Mccarthy On Language-Origins), Daniel Hutto

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Carstairs-McCarthy's book sets out a bold proposal that constitutes an exciting challenge to the idea that the development of modern syntax was driven by the contentful divisions of language. Instead he posits a physiological cause in order to explain why the core aspects of modern syntax are as they are. It is a great virtue of the book that it carefully reviews a vast interdisciplinary literature encompassing biology, anthropology, neuroscience and the study of apes to support this startling hypothesis. Moreover, the author does a good job of raising doubts about the handful of views that would otherwise contradict ...


Australia On The Small Screen 1970-1995: The Complete Guide To Tele-Features And Mini-Series (Book Review), Margaret Nixon Jan 2000

Australia On The Small Screen 1970-1995: The Complete Guide To Tele-Features And Mini-Series (Book Review), Margaret Nixon

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Book review of: Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995: The Complete Guide to Tele-Features and Mini-Series by Scott Murray. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1996. Pp.248; index. £14.99 (paperback). ISBN 0 195 53949 4


The Picture Book ‘Kojuro And The Bears’: A Cross-Cultural Comparison With ‘The Bears Of Mount Nametoko’ (Nametoko Yama No Kuma), Helen Kilpatrick Jan 1997

The Picture Book ‘Kojuro And The Bears’: A Cross-Cultural Comparison With ‘The Bears Of Mount Nametoko’ (Nametoko Yama No Kuma), Helen Kilpatrick

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