New Arrivals 25th to 31st of July 2013
TRANSFORMING THE FRONTIER,
peace parks and the politics of neoliberal conservation in southern Africa
290 pp., map, illus., paperback,
First published in the USA.
Using research with the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation and Development Project, Bram Bűscher demonstrates how transnational conservation projects reflect the neoliberal political economy in which they're developed.
"Bram Bűscher offers an original approach to conceptualizing and examining neoliberal modes of government in action. He uses a richly grounded empirical analysis to shed light on a key puzzle with important political stakes: How are implausible win-win scenarios sustained despite their manifold contradictions, and what kinds of critical work are needed to puncture them? An excellent read." Tania Murray Li, author of "The Will to Improve: governmentality, development, and the practice of politics"
Bram Bűscher is Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Visiting Professor of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies at the University of Johannesburg.
language activism and the ending of apartheid
192 pp., paperback,
"For Carli Coetzee, 'accentedness' is a description for actively working towards the ending of apartheid by being aware of the legacies of the past, without attempting to empty out or gloss over the conflicts and violence that may exist under the surface...she argues that difference and disagreement can be forms of activism to bring about social change, inside and outside the teaching environment." from the back cover
"'Accented Futures' provides an analysis of a wide range of texts, including literature, university seminars and art works. The ideas explored are evocative, thought-provoking, expansive and challenging. 'Accent' indexes a nuance, an attitude, a critical reading position, a local orientation - a way of thinking about the complexities of 'home' that South Africans and others will find invaluable." Arlene Archer, Centre for Higher Education, University of Cape Town
"'Accented Futures' is a rare, courageous book that challenges teachers and knowledge-producers of all kinds to consider deeply, and critique, our own practice and context. In activist fashion, it also suggests ways in which we can all begin to do the work needed to respect and pay attention to the diverse and rich epistemologies and accents not only of contemporary South Africa, but Africa at large." Lindiwe Dovey, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Carli Coetzee is a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS, University of London, an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand, and an Associate Academic at HUMA, University of Cape Town.
207 pp., paperback,
A novel by playwright, theatre performer and satirist Pieter Dirk-Uys, inspired by his play, "Panorama".
"Uys brings home forcefully the psychological truth that those who engage in oppression - even if they do not take an active part in it - are prisoners of the system as much as the oppressed." The Philadelphia Inquirer
INTO THE RIVER OF LIFE,
a biography of Ian Player
342 pp., illus., paperback,
Conservationist, writer and lecturer Ian Player was born in Johannesburg in 1927. He started his career with the Natal Parks Board in 1952. While Warden of Umfolozi Game Reserve he started Operation Rhino to save the white rhino from extinction and established wilderness areas in iMfolozi and St Lucia. He also founded the Wilderness Leadership School, which led to the formation of the International Wilderness Leadership Foundation and the World Wilderness Congresses, first convened in 1977. He lives near Howick in Natal.
Lubbe-De Beer (C.) & Marnell (J.) eds.
rethinking lesbian, bisexual and transgender families in contemporary South Africa
299 pp., colour illus., paperback,
A collection of essays and interviews that explore and document the experiences of LGBT families in South Africa.
"Outsider Discourse Surrounding Children's Experiences of Familial Identity in Sam-Sex-Parented Families" by Diana Breshears and Aliza le Roux
"Familiar Claims: representations of Same-Gendered Families in South African Mainstream News Media" by Tracy Morison and Vasu Reddy
"Erased, Elided and Made Invisible? A critical analysis of research on bisexual parenthood and families" by Ingrid Lynch
"M/Other Families: some introductory comments to the Project" by Natasha Distiller and Jean Brundit
"'Two Women Can't Make a Baby': South African lesbians' negotiation with heteronormativity around issues of reproduction" by Natalie Donaldson and Lindy Wilbraham
"Am I That Name? Middle-class lesbian motherhood in post-apartheid South Africa" by Natasha Distiller
"Breaking the Silence: a discussion on intimate partner violence in gay-male relationships" by Gabriel Khan and Yolan Moodley
"Coming Out to Families: adolescent disclosure practices in the Western Cape" by Veronica Robertson and Charmaine Louw.
SOUTH AFRICA AND THE DREAM OF LOVE TO COME,
queer sexuality and the struggle for freedom
337 pp., illus., paperback,
Brenna Munro examines representations of same-sex sexuality in writing from the years of struggle against apartheid - the 1960s to the 1990s - in order to understand how gay people became imaginable as fellow citizens in the new South Africa. She looks at prison memoirs, fiction, poetry, plays, television shows, photography, and political speeches. Writers include Nadine Gordimer, J.M.Coetzee, Richard Rive, Bessie Head, and K. Sello Duiker, and Zanele Muholi's photographs.
Brenna Munro is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Miami.
COMMEMORATING AND FORGETTING,
challenges for the new South Africa
305 pp., illus., paperback,
Martin Murray explores whether post-apartheid South Africa is dealing with the challenge of forging a shared national identity out of its fragmented past, and to what extent the tension between what to remember and what to forget is being resolved. He shows how collective memory is stored in architecture, statuary, monuments and memorials, literature and art, and how these vehicles selectively appropriate, distort, embellish and compress the past.
"Martin Murray has written an important book covering an extremely challenging territory with many details about the sites of reconciliation and remembrance - monuments, memorials, archives, and autobiographies - constructed in post-apartheid South Africa: the country's 'collective memory'". M.Christine Boyer, Princeton University
Martin Murray is Professor of Urban Planning at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan.
wa Ngũgĩ (M.)
229 pp., paperback,
The sequel to Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ's "Nairobi Heat", this thriller once again features US detective Ishmael Fofona and O, his Kenyan counterpart.
"Ishmael Fofona, Ngũgĩ's detective, may not as yet have taken over from Kurt Wallander in our affections, but...it's only a matter of time." The Telegraph
Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ was born in 1971 in Evanston, Illinois, and grew up in Kenya before returning to the United States. He is currently Professor of English at Cornell University. He is also the author of "Conversing with Africa, politics of change" and "Hurling Words at Consciousness", a collection of poetry.
Wisner (G.) ed.
an anthology of memoirs and autobiographies
401 pp., paperback,
An anthology of excerpts from memoirs and autobiographical writings by African writers.
Southern African writers include Bessie Head, Sol T.Plaatje, Albert Luthuli, Ruth First, Molefe Pheto, Steve Biko, Joshua Nkomo and Chenjerai Hove.