New Arrivals 5th to 11th of September 2013
SOUTH AFRICA'S SUSPENDED REVOLUTION,
hopes and prospects
307 pp., paperback,
An analysis of political and economic evolution in post-apartheid South Africa.
"Building on a full career of scholarship, fieldwork and public commentary, Adam Habib breaks new ground in our understanding of the complex political, economic and historical forces that will continue to shape the destiny of Africa's most important power for the next decades. 'South Africa's Suspended Revolution' is at once both a rewarding study and a brilliant effort at a systematic conceptualisation in social theory." Achille Mbembe, WISER, University of the Witwatersrand
"'South Africa's Suspended Revolution' is a readable, well-informed and perceptive account of the political economy of contemporary South Africa. Although he is clear-eyed about the inequality and poverty that mar the social terrain and the factionalism, corruption and greed that currently affect elite politics, Habib makes a case for specific forms of political leadership, for an active citizenry and for the possibility of social pacts as paths towards an alternative political agenda. " Colin Bundy, Honorary Fellow, Green College, University of Oxford
"'South Africa's Suspended Revolution' offers a strong perspective...it is impatient and advocates change. However, Habib works hard to achieve a balance and to be fair to the key factors in the South African saga. In spite of its critique, this book is almost surprisingly hopeful." Stephen Chan. Professor of International Relations, SOAS, University of London
Adam Habib is currently Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand
RETHINKING THE SOUTH AFRICAN CRISIS,
nationalism, populism, hegemony
268 pp., paperback,
An analysis of the ongoing, unstable and unresolved crisis in South Africa.
"Gillian Hart offers a defining challenge to our understanding of the contemporary crisis in South Africa. This book raises the bar in scholarly and political debate" Ari Sitas, Professor of Sociology, University of Cape Town
"A book of this calibre recasts how we think about what has been happening in South Africa. Hart has conjured an exceptional work that might just help the left begin figuring out how to stop spinning its wheels." Hein Marais, author of "South Africa Pushed to the Limit"
Gillian Hart is Professor of Geography and Co-Chair of Development Studies, University of California, Berkeley, and Honorary Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is also the author of "Disabling Globalization: places of power in post-apartheid South Africa."
Jika (T.), Ledwaba (L.), Mosamo (S.) & Saba (A.) text & Dlangamandla (F.) & Sadiki (L.) photos
WE ARE GOING TO KILL EACH OTHER TODAY,
the Marikana story
174 pp., map, colour illus., paperback,
On 16 August 2012 44 striking mineworkers were killed by police at a mine owned by Lonmin in the Marikana area close to Rustenberg in South Africa. It was discovered afterwards that a number of the miners had been shot in the back, and many of them were killed far from police lines. This book explores events before, during and after the shooting at Marikana. It also contains source material relating to the conflict and the subsequent Commission of Inquiry. All the journalists and photographers who contributed to this book were deeply involved in the Marikana story. Journalist Lucas Ledwaba and photographer Felix Dlangamandla won 2013 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards for their coverage of the Marikana strike.
Also included is an edited version of Gavin Hartford's analysis of the social dynamics underlying strikes in the mining industry, "The Mining Industry Strikes: causes - and solutions?", first published as a paper in October 2012.
Introduction by editor Riaan de Villiers.
Jones (M.) & Dlamini (J.) eds.
CATEGORIES OF PERSONS,
rethinking ourselves and others
134 pp., colour illus., paperback,
A collection of personal essays that explore our thinking about identity.
"This thought-provoking and intriguing book explores a robust space of expounding and interacting identities that might just be the space for South Africa's future politics." Njabulo Ndebele, from his foreword
"A Change of Address" by Jacob Dlamini
"Shards, Memory and the Mileage of Myth" by Antjie Krog
"Does He Speak Xhosa?" by Kopano Ratele
"Thinking Other Realities" by Verashmi Pillay
"A Generous Proposal" by Neels Blom
"Moving" by Megan Jones
"Hemisphere" by Karen Lazar
"Between Good Hope and a Hard Rock Place" by Riaan Oppelt
"Theatrics of the Soccer Fan" by Antony Kaminju
Megan Jones teaches English at Stellenbosch University.
Jacob Dlamini is currently a researcher at the University of Barcelona.