Cultural Studies Review

Cultural Studies Review is a magazine focusing on Social Sciences

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 2, September

Arrival of the Fittest
IntroductionThe Alien films have always been culturally significant feminist texts and Prometheus (2012), the fifth film in the franchise, is no exception.1 Through examining production decisions and the opening sequences of the film, and looking at...
Cultural Studies: Not Drowning but Waving?
Cultural Studies: Not Drowning but Waving? Gilbert B. Rodman. 2015, Why Cultural Studies?, Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester. ISBN 9781405127974. RRP AU$44.95 (pb)There is now an extensive back catalogue of essays, monographs and conference presentations...
Exploring Cultural Traffic
Exploring Cultural Traffic Peter Beilharz. 2015, Thinking the Antipodes: Australian Essays, Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, ISBN 9781922235558. RRP AU$39.95 (pb)Thinking the Antipodes brings together some twenty-four of Peter Beilharz's essays...
'I Am Responsible': Histories of the Intersection of the Guardianship of Unaccompanied Child Refugees and the Australian Border
On 18 November 1948, Leslie Haylen, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) member for Parkes, rose in federal parliament to speak about the proposed amendments to the Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act (hereafter the Act). This was an Act that, beginning...
Interrogating the Founding Gestures of the New Materialism
IIn this article, I engage with the specifics of what Sara Ahmed refers to as 'the founding gestures of "the new materialism"'.1 With this phrase, Ahmed draws attention to the fact that much new materialist rhetoric is founded on a specific understanding...
Masculine Misuse
Masculine Misuse Raymond Malewitz. 2014, The Practice of Misuse: Rugged Consumerism in Contemporary American Culture, Stanford: Stanford University Press. ISBN: 9780804791960 US$55.00In this fascinating examination of the ways literary (including theatrical)...
Migrant
It's now fifteen years since 433 mainly Hazarra and Tamil refugees were rescued by a Norwegian container ship, the MV Tampa, from an overcrowded fishing boat in international waters between Indonesia and Christmas Island. To many readers from outside...
Perception, Imagination and Affect in Human- Robot Relationships
The robotic baby harp seal Paro gazes up with large dark eyes set amid soft, thick, white fur, raising its head in response to its name. It bats long eyelashes and waggles its tail, cooing when caressed and squawking if held too tightly. When a dummy-shaped...
Post-Domicide Artefacts: Mapping Resistance and Loss onto Palestinian House-Keys
Home destruction and forced exile are long-running features of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israeli historians Ilan Pappé and Benny Morris have revealed their prominent role in cementing the nascent Jewish State during the First Arab-Israeli War...
Rural Autochthony? the Rejection of an Aboriginal Placename in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Introduction'For by the act of place-naming, space is transformed symbolically into place, that is, space with a history.1On 10 December 2014 a crowded and energised Ballarat City Council meeting at the Ballarat Town Hall addressed the issue of community...
Suicides of the Marginalised: Cultural Approaches to Suicide, Minorities and Relationality
IntroductionSuicides among minority identity groups are among the few occasions in which self-harm and suicide are framed as having cultural, social, environmental, historical or structural causes. Narratives of suicide causality are overwhelmingly dominated...
The Catastrophe of Images
The Catastrophe of Images Allen Meek. 2016, Biopolitical Media: Catastrophe, Immunity and Bare Life, Abingdon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9781138887060. RRP £90.00 (hb)How does recording life through media produce racism? Allen Meek's Biopolitical Media situates...
The Old Greeks
IIt was nothing more than a scene glimpsed in passing. Two women are walking arm-in-arm through a suburban park. The younger woman is middle aged, perhaps fifty or fifty-five. She is dressed in a black knee-length skirt and matching jacket. Her hair...
Towards a Political Theory of Openness
Towards a Political Theory of Openness Nathaniel Tkacz. 2015, Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness, Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226192307. RRP US$25.00 (pb)The encomiums of Wikipedia just keep rolling in. In my Twitter feed this...
Tracing the Global Themes of Media and Migration
Tracing the Global Themes of Media and Migration Radha S. Hegde. 2016, Mediating Migration, Cambridge: Polity Press. ISBN 9780745646329. RRP AU$37.95 (pb)In the context of the intensification of political, economic and cultural connections between nations,...
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