New Arrivals 16th to 22nd of May 2015
WHEN I WAS A FISH,
tales of an ichthyologist
310pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
The autobiography of Professor Mike Bruton, who pioneered searches for the coelacanth in southern and eastern Africa and campaigned internationally for its conservation.
"This remarkable and highly readable book will appeal to all naturalists. Mike Bruton's account of his scientific life makes fascinating reading, particularly when he talks about the coelacanth - a subject on which few will know more that he does. This lovely book is a triumph." Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency books
Mike Bruton, erstwhile Director of the JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology, is also the founder of the then MTN ScienCentre (now the Cape Town Science Centre), and recipient of the National Science and Technology Forum's Lifetime Achievement Award for his science advancement work. He is currently employed by MTE Studios in Cape Town as Director of Imagineering, where his duties include research and knowledge management and consultancy services in museum and exhibition design.
ISLAND AT WAR,
Robben Island 1939-45
344pp., 4to., illus., maps, paperback,
A military history of Robben Island and the South African Coast Artillery.
Lionel Cook commanded the Cape Field Artillery, and went on to become Colonel Artillery at Headquarters, 7 SA Infrantry Division, before being appointed to the post of Deputy Director Artillery (Field) at SA Army Headquarters.
Emenyonu (E.) ed.
POLITICS & SOCIAL JUSTICE,
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"Breaking the Laws in J.M.Coetzee's 'The Childhood of Jesus" - philosophy & the notion of justice" by Laura Wright
"The Novel as Oral Narrative Performance: the delegitimization of the postcolonial nation in Ngugi wa Thiong'o's 'Matigari Ma Nijiruungi'" by Nicholas Kamau-Goro & Emilia Ilieva
"Abiku in Ben Okri's Imagination of Nationhood: a metaphorical interpretation of colonial-postcolonial politics" by Ikenna Kamalu.
Harrison (P.), Gotz (G.), Todes (A.) & Wray (C.) eds.
CHANGING SPACE, CHANGING CITY,
Johannesburg after apartheid
590pp., illus., maps, hardback,
A collection of essays on the spatial developments that have occurred in Johannesburg since the end of apartheid.
"Johannesburg draws a lot of attention for its universality and distinctiveness. This volume, produced by scholars and practioners at the top of their game, brings together a multi-disciplinary analysis that employs both classic methodologies and modern investigative technologies. It makes a remarkable contribution, positioning the city as a strong contender for a 'Johannesburg School' in urban studies." Jo Beall, Director of Education and Society, British Council, UK
"This magnificent book brings together a fascinating array of scholarly contributions to understanding the emergence of a global city-region. The contributors offer a carefully balanced account that weaves together a political economic approach with cultural analysis, and a broad panoramic view with microscopic detail. This book is essential for anyone interested in making sense of Johannesburg as an aspiring world-class city." Martin Murray, Taubman College of Urban Planning, University of Michigan, USA
Tracking Changes in the Urban Built Environment: an emerging perspective from the City of Johannesburg" by Peter Ahmad and Herman Pienaar
"Gated Communities and Spatial Transformation in Greater Johannesburg" by Karina Landman and WIllem Badenhorst
"Soweto: a study in socio-spatial differentiation" by Philip Harrison and Kirsten Harrison
"Kliptown: resilience and despair in the face of a hundred years of planning" Hilton Judin, Naomi Roux and Tanya Zack.
waarom verteenwoordigheid nie gelykheid is nie
144pp., colour illus., paperback,
Dirk Hermann's perspective on affirmative action and how it fits into the Constitution.
Dirk Hermann is General Secretary of the Solidarity Movement.
MONEY FROM NOTHING,
indebtedness and aspiration in South Africa
282pp., illus., maps, paperback,
Deborah James explores the dynamics surrounding South Africa's national project of financial inclusion, which aimed to extend credit to black South Africans as an aspect of broad-based economic enfranchisement.
"Credit, and its flip side, debt, emerges as a lens [through which] to view the workings of social mobility and economic disenfranchisement in South Africa. James makes complex theory accessible, combining it with page-turning ethnography - utterly captivating!" Dinah Rajak, University of Sussex
Deborah James is Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics. Her previous books include "Gaining Ground? 'rights' and 'property' in South African land reform" and "Songs of Women Migrants".
Jina (Z.) & Asvat (H.) eds.
RIDING THE SAMOOSA EXPRESS,
personal narratives of marriage and beyond
A collection of life stories written by South African Muslim women.
"A wonderful portal into the multifaceted lives of South African Muslim women. The narratives invite the reader to enter into the precarious realm of the personal and interpersonal - a realm that demands critical attention in contemporary South Africa." Nina Hoel, Associate Professor, Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo
"A book that is a bridge between paternalistic, misogynistic interpretations of Islam and the reality of a resilient, female Muslim identity, in contemporary South Africa." Shaida Kazie, author of "Not a Fairy Take" and "Lessons in Husbandry"
TERMITES OF THE GODS,
San cosmology in southern African rock art
202pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback,
Siyakha Mguni narrates his search for the meaning of the theme in San rock paintings known as "formlings", and argues that formlings are representations of flying termites and their underground nests.
"This book has the potential to change the public perception of San rock art as a relatively trivial pastime and replace it with convincing evidence that many images and themes are in fact based on sophisticated religious symbolism that permeated all aspects of San life over thousands of years. It is a milestone in rock art interpretation because it focuses specifically on the complexity of one particular theme, the elusive formlings, which have challenged rock art specialists for decades." Janette Deacon, co-author of "Human Beginnings in South Africa: uncovering the secrets of the stone age"
Siyakha Mguni is project manager of the International Rock Art Collaboration coordinated from the Rock Art Research Institute, School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand
THE BATTLE OF SAVANTE,
32 Battalion's greatest operation
247pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback,
An account of the battle fought at Savate, a small town in Angola, during the Border War. On 21 May 1980, under the codename Operation Tiro-Tiro, 32 Battalion attacked a FAPLA brigade. Fifteen SADF soldiers were killed in the action.
Piet Nortje is also the author of "32 Battalion" and "The Terrible Ones". He served as 32 Battalion's Regimental Sergeant Major from 1985 to 1988. He is now a major in the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.
Peterson (D.), Gavua (K.) & Rassool (C.) eds.
THE POLITICS OF HERITAGE,
economies, histories, and infrastructures
293pp., illus., maps, paperback,
New York & Cape Town,
A collection of essays on how the relics of the past "are shored up, reconstructed, and revalued - as commodities, as tradition, as morality, or as patrimony."
"An insightful collection that examines the work of heritage across a variety of African settings and scales, from village to nation. Going beyond analyses of the role of heritage in nation building and identity formation, it also examines how heritage practice figures in political economics and shapes social relations of power. Following an impressive overview of the politics of heritage in Africa, thoughtful essays focus on cases from South Africa and Ghana. They examine a broad range of cultural forms and practices under the rubric of 'heritage': memorials, monuments, and museums as well as language, performance, film, and more." Corinne Kratz, Emory University
"Seeing Beyond the Official and the Vernacular: the Duncan Village Massacre Memorial and the politics of heritage in South Africa" by Gary Minkey and Phindezwa Mnyaka
"Human Remains, the Disciplines of the Dead, and the South African Memorial Complex" by Ciraj Rassool
"Heritage vs Heritage: reaching for pre-Zulu identities in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa" by Mbongiseni Buthelezi
"Fences, Signs, and Property: heritage, development, and the making of location in Lwandle" by Leslie Witz and Noëleen Murray
"Flashes of Modernity: heritage according to cinema" by Litheko Modisane .
Derek Peterson is Professor of History at the University of Michigan.
Kodzo Gavua is Associate Professor of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon.
Ciraj Rassool is Professor of History and Director of the African Programme in Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of the Western Cape.
Reddy (C.), le Grange (L.), Beets (P.) & Lundie (S.)
in South African schools
This book explains the theory and practical application of learner assessment in terms of the policy statement on assessment for South African schools. It discusses assessment strategies at classroom and programme level and examines strategies, methods and techniques.
Professor Chris Reddy, Distinguished Professor Lesley le Grange and Associate Professor Peter Beets all work in the Department of Curriculum Studies at Stellenbosch University.
Samuel Lundie is a lecturer and Programme leader in the Faculty of Education, North West University (Potchefstroom).
Stewart (D.) & Cairns (J.) text & Stewart (L.) photo..
167pp., 4to., colour illus., paperback,
A tour of South African food markets. Includes stallholders stories and recipes.
THE GREAT BOER ESCAPE,
160pp., illus., map, paperback,
First English Language Edition,
Originally published in Dutch in 2015. Translated into English by Helga Steyn, Willie Steyn's granddaughter.
Willie Steyn's account of his experiences during the Boer War. Steyn was one of six hundred Boer prisoners sent by ship to Ceylon to be interned in the Diyatalawa prisoner-of-war camp. He and four other prisoners escaped by lowering themselves into the sea. They were picked up by a Russian troopship who took them to Sevastapol. They travelled via St Petersburg, Berlin, Utrecht and The Hague to Amsterdam where they boarded a German ship under assumed names and sailed to German South West Africa. From here they trekked to South Africa, where Steyn joined up with the Maritz and Smuts commandos in the Cape Colony.
Also available in Afrikaans. Both the English and Afrikaans editions also include the original Dutch text.
Wildschut (A.), Meyer (T.) & Akoojee (S.)
CHANGING ARTISANAL IDENTITY AND STATUS,
the unfolding South African story
94pp., illus., paperback,
A study that evaluates changes to artisan identity and status in the manufacturing sector, and offers a perspective on the policy debate in South Africa.
THIS LISTING PLACE,
55pp., illus., paperback,
A collection of poems selected for publication by the poet shortly before she died.
"Fran Zieman's lyrical gift shines through in 'This Listing Place', her lifetime's work. She has an unerring sense of what makes a poem sing and her images are haunting." Fiona Zerbst
Fran Zieman was born in Canada in 1923. In 1949 sha married an English journalist and emigrated to England. In 1964 the family moved to South Africa. She died in 2014.