New Arrivals 21st to 27th of February 2014

Crais (C.) & McClendon (T.V.) eds. THE SOUTH AFRICA READER, history, culture, politics
606 pp., map, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Durham & London, 2014. R560
A selection of writings on South African history, culture, and politics.

"This incredibly thorough volume reveals the complex history of South Africa. Through compelling first-person narratives, fiction, and other historical accounts, 'The South Africa Reader' offers a picture of a complicated and often confounding country that is a study in 'trauma and resilience'. It grapples with the legacy of the past in ways that can help present and future generations build a more promising tomorrow." Charlayne Hunter-Gault, journalist and former CNN Johannesburg Bureau Chief

Selections include:
"'A Story Is Like the Wind' and "The Sun Is Thrown into the Sky'" //Kabbo
"On God and Ancestors" by Ndukwana ka Mbenwana
"The Necessity of Slavery" by W.S.van Ryneveld
"Manifesto" by Piet Retief
"Among the Xhosa in 1800" by Johannes Theodorus van der Kemp
"Visit to a Mission Community in Natal" by John William Colenso
"Heart of Redness" by Zakes Mda
"The Coming of the Anglo-Zulu War" by Cetshwayo kaMpande
"Concentration Camps" by Emily Hobhouse
"Building a Nation from Words" by Isabel Hofmeyr
"A Boer Commando" by Deneys Reitz
"The 1913 Natives' Land Act" by Solomon T.Plaatje
"Mine Workers' Songs" anonymous
"The Persecution of Indians" by Mohandas Gandhi
"Requiem for Sophiatown" by Can Themba
"My Spirit Is Not Banned" by Frances Baard and Barbie Schreiner
"The Peasant's Revolt" by Govan Mbeki
"The Pan Africanist Congress" by R.M.Sobukwe
"Statement from the Dock" by Nelson Mandela
"White Racims and Black Consciousness" by Steven Biko
"The United Democratic Front" by Allan Boesak
"Crossing the Rubicon" by P.W.Botha
"Never Give In" by Andries Treurnicht
"Struggle Songs" Various
"Politics and Violence" by Rian Malan
"Preparing OUrsevles for Freedom" by Albie Sachs
"I Am an African" by Thabo Mbeki
"The Rape of Women" by Antjie Krog
"The Cradock Four", Testimony from the TRC
"Zuma's Rape Trial" by Steven Robins
"David's Story" by Zoë Wicomb
"Witchcraft in Soweto" by Adam Ashforth
"Nationalize the Mines" by Julius Malema

Clifton Crais is Professor of History and Director of African Studies at Emory University. He is the author of "Poverty, War and Violence in South Africa", "Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography" (with Pamela Scully), and "The Politics of Evil: Magic, Power and the Political Imagination in South Africa".

Thomas V. McClendon is Professor of History at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. He is the author of "White Chief, Black Lords: Shepstone and the Colonial State in Natal, South Africa, 1845–1878" and "Genders and Generations Apart: Labor Tenants and Customary Law in Segregation-Era South Africa, 1920s to 1940s".
Mounton (M.) text & Fraser (C.) photo. BO-KAAP KITCHEN, heritage recipes and true stories
245 pp., 4to., map, b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2012. R455
A collection of personal stories and traditional recipes collected from inhabitants of the Bo-Kaap, a Cape Malay community in central Cape Town.
Myers (J.C.) INDIRECT RULE IN SOUTH AFRICA, tradition, modernity, and the costuming of political power
140 pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, Rochester, (2008) 2013. R290
A re-examination of the history of indirect rule - the British colonial policy of employing indigenous tribal chiefs as political intermediaries - in South Africa. J.C.Myers demonstrates how the policy of indirect rule formed the basis for segregation and apartheid and underlies the continuing debate over African political identity and "traditional authority".

"This is an important and provocative book. Myers shows why indirect rule developed in South Africa, why it was absorbed by white supremacy, and why it influences South African politics to this day. Theoretically sophisticated, 'Indirect Rule" identifies and explains the central contradiction between the ANC's traditionalist and progressive agendas." Michael MacDonald, Williams College

J.C.Myers is Associate Professor of Political Science at California State University, Stanislaus.
64 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R160
A play about the Geduld family who bury their grandmother under stones in the Karoo, as is the custom amongst the "karretjiemense". Her death marks the end of a way of life. This is Athol Fugard's first play in Afrikaans, based on Riana Steyn's research.

The "Karretjiemense" (Donkey Cart People), are direct descendants of the San, the earliest inhabitants of the Karoo interior. Itinerant sheep-shearers, this marginalised community roam the Karoo in their donkey carts in search of work, sleeping over on the roadside in make-shift overnight shelters.

This play premiered in the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town in 2012.
Thelen (D.) & Morgan (K.L.) comps. & eds. EXPERIENCING SOPHIATOWN, conversations among residents about the past, present and future of a community
177 pp., map, colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R195
A collection of transcriptions of conversations between Sophiatown residents. From 2008 facilitators from the University of Johannesburg worked with Sophiatown residents to organise meetings in which groups of residents could talk to each other, compare experiences and ideas, identify the challenges they face as a community, and together find ways to create a new history.

In the 1950s the National Party government forcibly removed around 65 000 Sophiatown residents, bulldozed their homes and replaced them with cheap housing for whites. They renamed the suburb Triomf (Triumph).
[Khadiagala (G.) et al eds.] RACE, MEMORY AND THE APARTHEID ARCHIVE, towards a psychological praxis
368 pp., paperback, First S.A.Edition, Johannesburg, 2013. R320
First published in the UK and USA in 2013.

A collection of essays that examine South Africa's history of racial oppression and the possibilities and impossibilities of transforming South African society by engaging with stories submitted to the Apartheid Archive Project.

The Apartheid Archives project is an ongoing collaborative international research initiative that focuses on the collection, documentation and analysis of personal stories from ordinary South Africans, about their experiences of racism under apartheid and the continuing effects on individual and group functioning in contemporary South Africa. The project believes that it is important for South African society to review, acknowledge and deal with its past, in order to better manage its present and future, and aims to supplement the 'grand' narratives recorded by the TRC. The project was conceptualized and initiated in 2008 by two psychologists at the University of the Witwatersrand, and continues to be housed there.

Contributions include:
"Unsettling Whiteness" by Gillian Straker
"Engaging with the Apartheid Archive Project: voices from the South African diaspora in Australia" by Christopher Sonn
"Desire, Fear and Entitlement: sexualising race and racialising sexuality in (re)membering apartheid" by Kopano Ratele and Tamara Shefer
"How Do we 'Treat' Apartheid History?" by Derek Hook
"Self-Consciousness and Impression Management in the Authoring of Apartheid-related Narratives by Gillian Eagle and Brett Bowman.

Clinical psychologist Garth Stevens in Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, School of Human and Community Development, at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Norman Duncan is the Deam of Humanities and Professor of Psychology at the University of Pretoria.
Derek Hook is a lecturer in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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