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The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is home to exceptional teachers, researchers and writers who publish their diverse work in books, essays, chapters and research journals. Explore a selection of our recent publications.

Education and social work

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Education for Practice in a Hybrid Space, Enhancing Professional Learning with Mobile Technology

Franziska Trede, Lina Markauskaite, Celina McEwen, Susie Macfarlane, Springer

Approaching workplace learning as a hybrid space in which university learning interests with workplace practice, this book discusses how mobile technology could help students and educators overcome physical distances and create intellectual bridges between academic knowledge practices and situated professional work. It draws on two perspectives—the ‘professional-plus’ and ‘deliberate professional’—to deepen our understanding the how the combination of technology and the human agency could make learning for, in, and through work a productive life-long experience.  The book presents a mobile technology capacity-building framework that offers everyone involved in workplace education practical guidance on how mobile technology could be used to enhance workplace learning. Find out more

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World Yearbook of Education 2020: Schooling, governance and inequalities

J. Allan, Valerie Harwood and C. R. Jorgensen (Editors.), Routledge, 2019

The World Yearbook of Education 2020, is the most recent edition in this annual international series. Established in 1965, the series sets out to bring educational researchers and thinkers from around the world together to respond to key issues in education. Subtitled Schooling, Governance and Inequalities, the 2020 World Yearbook critically examines educational governance and is organised into three parts: “Changing contexts of school governance”; “Stakeholders and ‘responsibilisation’”’; and “Radical governance”. Australian contributors include Fiona Bobongie and Catherine Jackson who describe the Indigenous-led Stronger Smarter Jarjums program in their chapter, Stronger Smarter – transformational change for Australian schools with rock-solid foundations in the Early Years. Find out more

Social and political sciences

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When There Was No Aid: War and Peace in Somaliland

Sarah Phillips, Cornell University Press, 2020

For all of the doubts raised about the effectiveness of international aid in advancing peace and development around the world, there are few examples of places in the global South that are even relatively untouched by it. Somaliland’s early years (roughly 1991-2001) offer one such example. Based on in-depth field research, this book argues that that aid matters less than we think it does to the prospects for peace and development because it is does not challenge (and indeed often upholds) the broader asymmetries that entrench violence and poverty. Find out more

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Accessing Academic Discourse: Systemic Functional Linguistics and Legitimation Code Theory

James Martin, Karl Maton and Yaegan Doran, Routledge, 2019

Symbolism and Politics is a timely intervention into ongoing debates around the function of political symbols in a historical period characterized by volatile electoral behaviour, fragmented societies in search of collective identifications, and increasingly polarized political models. Find out more


Redesigning the market for volunteers: A Donor Registry

Stephanie Heger, Robert Slonim, Garbarino, E., Wang, C., Waller, D., Management Science, Published online: 14 January 2020.

We designed, implemented and tested a large scale national blood donor registry experiment to address the market failure in the blood donor market. During two years of observation, our design successfully reduced the costs of collecting a unit of blood by approximately 40% during critical shortages while also reducing excess supply during non-critical times. The significant efficiency gains were achieved due to the registry crowding in donors who were motivated by pure altruism and those who benefited from having a commitment mechanism. Find out more

Philosophical and historical inquiry

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A Social and Economic History of the Theatre to 300BC Volume II

Eric Csapo and Peter Wilson, Cambridge University Press, 2019

This is the first volume to be published of A Social and Economic History of the Theatre to 300 BC, a three-volume work that presents a fundamental rewriting of the history of the Classical Greek theatre, that most influential of all ancient cultural institutions. Theatre Beyond Athens focuses on the theatrical culture of the hinterland of Athens, Attica, and the wider Greek world. It collects, presents and analyses in detail the full documentary evidence for dramatic production in the first two centuries of its history, abundant material that has been systematically ignored, dismissed and minimised in order to retain an image of theatre as an exclusively Athenian and democratic phenomenon. This traditional conception is laid to rest, as a complex and interconnected world of theatre culture from over one hundred and forty sites is studied, stretching from Sicily to Babylon, from North Africa to the Black Sea. Find out more

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Monarchies and Decolonisation in Asia

Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery (eds), Manchester University Press, 2020

The fifteen original chapters in Monarchies and Decolonisation in Asia, edited by Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery, cover case studies in India, the Himalayan region, Burma, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam and Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan and Thailand.  They argue that monarchies – indigenous and colonial – played a central role in the process of decolonisation in the mid-twentieth century.  Some thrones survived and others did not, but monarchical rule has also left an important legacy throughout the region. Find out more

Literature, art and media

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The Art of Pure Cinema: Hitchcock and His Imitators

Bruce Isaacs, Oxford University Press, 2020

The quest for a ‘pure cinema’ has obsessed filmmakers, critics and theorists for more than a century. It also defined the career of the most influential film stylist of the classical Hollywood era, Alfred Hitchcock. With close analyses of the films of Hitchcock, Dario Argento, and Brian De Palma, among others of cinema’s greatest formal stylists, The Art of Pure Cinema is the first book-length work to interrogate the aesthetic and philosophical principles underpinning a pure cinematic visual, aural, and narrative form. Find out more

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Painting as a Modern Art in Early Renaissance Italy

Robert Brennan, Harvey Miller, 2019

The aim of this book is to understand what Italian writers meant when they talked about "modern art" in the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries. It shows that projects of "modernisation" (in Latin, modernizare) have been central to Italian art since the late Middle Ages, although they bear little relation to what is commonly recognised as modern today. In doing so, the book sheds light on how the ambition to modernise art played out in pre-modern times, intersecting with science, religion, and patriarchy in surprising yet instructive ways. Find out more

Languages and cultures

Book cover: Labour and Politics in Indonesia

Labour and Politics in Indonesia

Tery L Caraway and Michele Ford, Cambridge University Press, 2020

This book explains how Indonesia’s organised labour movement emerged as a vibrant and influential political actor in the two decades after the fall of Suharto’s authoritarian regime in 1998. It shows that key unions achieved many of their goals through a combination of street-based protest and engagement in electoral politics, first by supporting local candidates for executive positions and then by running union activists in legislative contests in industrial districts. As the book argues, the Indonesian experience flies in the face of global trends of union retreat, demonstrating that small and objectively weak labour movements can punch above their weight in the political arena. Find out more

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Re-imagining Japan after Fukushima

Tamaki Mihic, ANU Press, 2020

The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster (collectively referred to as ‘3.11’, the date of the earthquake), have left a lasting impact on Japan’s identity and global image. This impact can be observed both within and outside of Japan in cultural responses to the disaster, such as books, comics and films. This monograph analyses examples across three languages, and argues that these cultural responses had a significant role to play in re-imagining Japan after Fukushima. Find out more


Visual arts

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