New Arrivals 7th to 13th of November 2013

Hebinck (P.) & Cousins (B.) eds. IN THE SHADOW OF POLICY, everyday practices in South African land and agrarian reform
307 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R385
A collection of essays that offer an overview of the socio-political context in which land reform policy evolved in South Africa and present case studies of land reform projects in the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape provinces.

"This book is full of critical information on South African land reform and attempts to rejuvenate domestic agriculture. Local case studies shed light on the implementation and outcomes of land reform - sometimes failed, sometimes successful, often mixed, often surprising and nearly always not greatly helped by the 'experts'." Ben White, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague

Contributions include:
"Post-apartheid Land and Agrarian Reform Policy and Practices in South Africa: themes, processes and issues" by Paul Hebinck
"Land Reform and Agriculture Uncoupled: the political economy of rural reform in post-apartheid South Africa" by Ben Cousins
"'Seeing like a Land Reform Agency': cultural politics and the contestation of community farming at Makhoba" by Yves van Leynseele
"Property Rights and Land Reform in the Western Cape" by Harriët Tienstra and Dik Roth
"'Rent a Crowd' Land Reform at Survive and Dikgotho Land Reform Projects" by Limpho Taoana
"Land Compensation in the Upper Kat River Valley" by Robert Ross
"Land Reform, Tradition and Securing Land for Women in Namaqualand" by Karin Kleinbooi
"The Massive Food Production Programme: does it work?" by Zamile Madyibi
"Cattle and Rural Development in the Eastern Cape: the Nguni project revisited" by Ntombekhaya Faku and Paul Hebinck

Paul Hebinck is Associate Professor in Sociology of Rural Development at Wageningen University in The Netherlands and Adjunct Professor at the University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa.
Ben Cousins is Professor and DST/NRF Research Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of the Western Cape. He founded PLAAS in 1995 and directed it from its inception until September 2009.
Higgins (J.) ACADEMIC FREEDOM, in a democratic South Africa, essays and interviews on higher education and the humanities
272 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R320
Foreword, in the form of a letter, by J.M.Coetzee.

"This book argues that the core content of academic freedom - the principle of supporting and extending open intellectual enquiry - is essential to realising the full public value of higher education, and emphasises the central role that the humanities, and the particular forms of argument and analysis they embody, bring to this task." from the back cover

"You will not find a more cogent and incisive account of the perilous state of the humanities in South Africa. John Higgins is unrivalled in his systematic unveiling of the threats to academic freedom and, in the end, to our quest to answer that very complex question: what does it mean to be human after apartheid?" Jonathan Jansen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor, University of the Free State

"In this fine collection of essays and interviews, Higgins raises a scrupulous and analytically acute set of concerns about the constraints that a government has begun to place on the academy in South Africa in order to promote its vision of politics and political economy; and he plausibly proposes a more central place to be given to the critical perspective offered by the humanities as a way of resisting these constraints." Akeel Bilgrami, Director, South Asian Studies, Columbia University

John Higgins is a member of the Academy of Science in South Africa, and a Professor of English at the University of Cape Town.
Mhlongo (N.) DOG EAT DOG,
263 pp., paperback, Second Edition, Cape Town, (2004) 2013. R245
A reprint of Niq Mhlongo's novel set in 1994 Johannesburg, about a young man from Soweto at risk of being thrown out of university.

"It makes a wonderful change to read a novel in a setting that I as a black South African can identify with, looking at the struggles that many of us have faced and overcome" Sipokazi Mapoza, Cape Argus

"Mhlongo's work is witty and clever, and has no pretensions about being a new work for a new democracy - it simply is. A tale that emerges from the heart of his disconsolate being, it reverberates." Maureen Isaacson, Sunday Independent

"At times, the book smacks of a sort-of South African TV soap, thick with sexual drama and social ambition served up over chatty debates about race, music, hooking-up, and the ANC...Here is a full-throated romp through Soweto and Johannesburg today, with kwaito music blaring, a mélange of African languages floating through the air, and a toxic mix of promise and disappointment infecting everything...Clearly, Dingz’s circle has grown weary of talk of the struggle and its transcendent language. Their sights are set on more immediate concerns, like their own graduation and success. Is it too soon to start talking of a South African “Me” generation? And could Mhlongo become one of its leading voices, too?" Anderson Tepper

Niq Mhlongo's second novel, "After Tears", was published in 2011.
van Graan (V.) CAPE TOWN, then and now
159 pp., 4to., map, b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2013. R250
A visual portrait of Cape Town and the Peninsula that contrasts archival photographs taken from the 1880s to the 1930s with contemporary ones. The book draws from the collections of the Western Cape Archives and Records Service and include photographs by Arthur Elliott, Thomas Ravenscroft and Henry Steer.
351 pp., maps., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R320
Battlefields guide Nicki von der Heyde presents seventy-one battles that shaped the course of South African history.

"This volume is ground-breaking in that it is the first on-the-ground practical guide for the whole country." Donal P.McCracken, Senior Professor of History, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Nicki von der Heyde's tour company, "Campaign Trails", is three times winner of the KwaZulu-Natal Tour Operator of the Year award.
Zapiro MY BIG FAT GUPTA WEDDING, cartoons from Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times and The Times
160 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesaburg, 2013. R175
The annual collection of Jonathan Shapiro's (Zapiro) cartoons, published since 1996.

In 2012 Zapiro received the International Publishers Association (IPA) Freedom to Publish Prize, as well as the Standard Bank Sikuvile Newspaper Journalism Award for Editorial Cartooning. In 2013 he was named as one of City Press's "100 World Class South Africans". He is also being honoured for his contributions to press freedom and social commentary with the renaming of a street in Guguletu, Cape Town, as Zapiro Lane.

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