Social Alternatives

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 3, 2017

Being Poor
is not having good clothes & walking everywherewith the knee out of your jeanswhen you can't afford a haircutthe police stop you to ask your namethey step from their cars& stand up close then they breath on youthe smell of steak & onionsyou...
Introduction: In Search of Leadership
All leadership is contingent. What works in one institutional setting may not work in another. Within a single institution, what works at one time may be a disaster at another. In times of crisis the demands on national leaders will be very different...
Leadership in Political Opposition
In his Quarterly Essay of 2012, David Marr pronounced that 'Tony Abbott is the most successful Opposition leader of the last forty years', and so raised serious questions about the measure of successful leadership in opposition. Undoubtedly, Abbott was...
Leaders in International Organisations
The first Secretary-General of the United Nations, Trygve Lie, offered the best description of the position of leaders of international organisations - 'the most impossible job on this earth' (Urquhart 2007:15). Indeed, heads of all international organisations...
Photography in the World We Live
To understand photography and its role in society is to develop further appreciation from an aesthetic and textural perspective of other photographers' concepts and methods. In doing so we learn something about that photographer's technique that may...
Political Leadership and Political Parties in the Age of Trump
President Donald Trump, according to New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, is fashioning a new model of leadership, one that struts and seethes and whines and consigns traditional leadership virtues to the junkyard of the quaint. Who, he asks:among the...
Populist Leadership
The sustained rise of populists in Western democracies is a relatively recent historical phenomenon. Until the end of the 1960s, populism was largely considered by scholars to be something that happened 'elsewhere' in places like Latin America and Asia...
The Beautiful Husband
We were all changed after the war, all monstrous. Father had died, Mother had gone mad, Kath had become a journalist. She wore pants and smoked cigarettes. She was still married to Harvey, but when he came back from overseas he had a stump in place of...
The Fiction of Thea Astley
Susan Sheridan 2016 The Fiction of Thea Astley, Cambria Press, London: ISBN 978-1604979329.Susan Sheridan's The Fiction of Thea Astley is a worthy and comprehensive foci on one of Australia's most astute writers of fiction. The book captures the progressiveness,...
‘The Modern Autocrat’: Myths and Debates about the Power of Prime Ministers
The prime minister left Australia in April on a boat for the United States. While he crossed that continent by train, he instructed that no cabinet decisions be finalised until the draft proposal had been sent to him for approval. He sailed the Atlantic...
The Personalisation of Democratic Leadership? Evidence from Small States
IntroductionThe personalisation of politics is said to be on the rise, with the victory of Donald Trump emblematic of this broad shift across large, wealthy Western democracies. The success of anti-establishment or 'populist' leaders are said to be a...
The Thought of Music
Lawrence Kramer 2016 The Thought of Music, Oakland, University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-28880-5How do we listen to music? How do we experience and respond to the music we listen to in a way that allows the music to express itself fully, free...
Transforming a Transactional Debate: Leadership and the Rhetorical Road to Brexit
What is the EU actually for? In the midst of the rancorous Brexit referendum, little consideration was given to this fundamental question as the duelling 'remain' and 'leave' campaigns wrestled for the future of Britain. I was recently at a seminar given...
Travel Destination as a Global Cosmopolitan Site: Australians in the Japanese Ski Resort Niseko, Hokkaido
Australian Snow LoversTransnational corporeal mobility of people between Australia and Japan has been expanded and has flourished through tourism, international education, and business in the last few decades. Although scholastic attention in this aspect...
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