At a time when the importance of Indonesia as a global citizen has never been more acute, Knowing Indonesia brings together leading political scientists, historians and anthropologists to detail and analyse the state of this field in the Australian academy and beyond.
Jemma Purdey, an Adjunct Fellow in the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University, presents a range of views on fundamental questions of Indonesian studies. New ideas are advanced about how the study of Indonesia might be pursued in the future.
This is the first book in almost two decades to bring together scholars of Indonesia from the Australian academy in a single volume to reflect on and engage in a deep critique of their field.
The book locates the story of Federation Square in Melbourne within the new role played by city centres in the economy and culture of the contemporary globalising world.
This visually rich book will engage both general and specialist readers. Seamus O’Hanlon, an Associate Professor in history at Monash University and one of Melbourne’s pre-eminent urban historians, tells the story of the square’s first 10 years. After a somewhat difficult gestation and birth, and a frosty initial reception, it has become a popular and, on almost any measure, successful venture.Associate Professor O’Hanlon also asks questions about Federation Square’s design and management structure, the tension between its public and private roles, and about where the line is drawn between private and public spaces in the new, leisure-oriented, post-industrial ‘spectacle’ city of the 21st century.
Janet Stanley – a chief research officer at the Monash Sustainability Institute – sets out in this book to reorder the importance of the three traditional ‘bottom lines’: economics, social and environmental outcomes.
Dr Stanley argues that the health of the environment is fundamental to the wellbeing of people and that economics should be viewed as a sub-topic of social policy. Although the primary challenge of responding to climate change and environmental damage has moved from the pure sciences to the social sciences, there is an impasse about what processes and actions are needed for change.
The necessary political leadership and good policy, aided by a responsible media and a responsive research community, are found to be lacking in Australia.
Heating Up outlines social policy frameworks and sector responsibilities for action, with particular emphasis on those who will increasingly experience the greatest hardships associated with environmental destruction.