Articles by: Lindsay Fitzclarence

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Informit: Caught out

What sits behind cricket's balltampering Scandal A measure of cricket's popularity is the volume of publicity it receives. This might be gleaned from a check of the library holdings of 'cricket' books. The State Library of Victoria's database lists 3012 such books. My local, suburban library lists 183. Such random measures provide a small window on why cricket's ball-tampering crisis generated such a high level of public interest and engagement. And this is without any…

New Generation Police Tactics by Lindsay Fitzclarence

The BDS court case and defence of public space

Informit: ‘The Wire’ as social science fiction

A conference on the TV show 'The Wire' explores its place as a reflection on, and challenge to, post-industrial city life.

Informit: A military-industrial frame for child abuse? [Book Review]

Review(s) of: The university in chains: Confronting the military-industrial-academic complex, by Henry A. Giroux, Paradigm Publishers, 2007; Hearts of darkness: Torturing children in the war on terror, by Henry A. Giroux, Paradigm Publishers, 2010; Twilight of the social, by Henry A. Giroux, Paradigm Publishers, 2010.

Informit: New generation police tactics

How do we understand and respond to the contemporary state's reaction to protest? In Australia there is a long history of public protest: against the hanging of Ronald Ryan in 1967, the anti-Vietnam War protests of the 1960s and 70s, protest against the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and Reclaim the Night, to name a few. In each case police have been present, in a management role, but rarely with the intent to stop such…

Informit: Policing protest

'Time Magazine' declared 2011 'person' of the year to be the protester - participants in a large number of global protests. While rolling together a range of protest events, one element of commonality that Time noted was protestors' dissatisfaction with political regimes that 'favor the rich and powerful' and that are 'dysfunctional and corrupt'.

Informit: Response to Ariel Salleh

In 1970 Joe Raposo, a United States-based songwriter, penned a tune titled 'Bein Green'. Produced originally for the children's television program Sesame Street, this composition has since had far-reaching impact. A quick search of the WWW soon reveals a vast number of sites where the central caption 'It's not that easy being green' has been taken and applied. Forty-one years ago Raposo gave voice to growing concerns about the environment. These concerns are now expressed…

Informit: Water in a geo-political context

In early 2008 the Australian federal government passed legislation, the Water Act 2007, concerning national water quality, distribution mechanisms and the coordination of inter-governmental management processes and the outcome of over a decade of effort to reform water policy. One part of the Act was a directive for a long-term reform strategy for the Murray-Darling Basin. In early October 2010 this statement was released to the public and therefore to the communities that had been…

Informit: Exporting water from the driest continent

Informit: Sports Frankenstein: character, commerce and cloning

Informit: Nationalism in the Olympic clouds

To use Paul Keating talk, Australia got a good set of numbers at the Barcelona Games. His telegram of congratulations to the team was as predictable as Margaret Thatcher's congratulations to the British military forces after their victory in the Falklands. The modern political leader does not lead his or her troops into javelin throwing or archery, but it is good politics to be identified with the winner's dais. In the case of Paul Keating's…

Informit: Lineages of the Levels Approach: The Arena of Critical Theory

How are we to understand the hopes, fears and consequences of the contemporary world of technoscience and electronic capitalism? Whether we are trying to understand the social conditions that frame the post-human projections of stem-cell technology research, the big-bang pretensions of the Large Hadron Collider, the current inability to institute more than market-based solutions to climate change, or the continuing but largely submerged possibility of nuclear holocaust, existing commentary tends to provide us only with…