New Arrivals 12th to 18th of December 2015
DOMINANCE AND DECLINE,
the ANC in the time of Zuma
Susan Booysen examines Jacob Zuma's administration, demonstrating how the ANC has become centered on Zuma the person and how its defence of his leadership undermines its ability to govern.
"Ever found yourself wondering how the ANC works and what makes President Jacob Zuma tick? Read Susan Booysen's 'Dominance and Decline' to find out. You will come away informed, erudite and enlightened. Spliced with inside intelligence, prescient analysis and excellent data, this is a must-read book by an astute political observer." Ferial Haffajee, Editor-in-Chief, City Press
Susan Booysen is Professor at the School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand. She is also the author of "The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political Power" and "The ANC's March of Mangaung."
beyond the Ngele Mountains, foreword by Thabo Mbeki
684pp., illus., paperback,
Reprint of Luli Callinicos' biography of Oliver Tambo, President of the African National Congress from 1967 to 1991.
Social historian Luli Callinicos Luli is the author of the award-winning trilogy "Gold and Workers" (1981), "Working Life" (1987) and "A Place in the City" (1993), and "Who Built Jozi, discovering memory at Wits Junction?" (2012).
THE COMPASSIONATE ENGLISHWOMAN,
Emily Hobhouse in the Boer War
297pp., illus., maps, paperback,
First SA Edition,
First published in Australia in 2014.
"'The Compassionate Englishwoman' is an arresting work of historical scholarship that combines a shocking argument concerning British atrocities in the Boer War and a mesmerising account of Emily Hobhouse's determination to end the cruelty and deaths associated with the notorious British concentration camps." Marilyn Lake, Professor in History, University of Melbourne
"A well-researched and readable account of the humanitarian work of Emily Hobhouse, offering a too little aired perspective on the atrocities of the British forces in the Anglo-Boer War. The book is likely to attract a wide readership among those interested in military history, imperialism, colonial affairs, women's lives, South African history, and humanitarian concerns." Dorothy Driver, Professor in English, Adelaide University and former Professor of English, University of Cape Town
27pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback,
"Where's Zuma?" is a parody of the children's book "Where's Wally?" series of books. Kobus Galloway invites you to find Jacob Zuma in a number of different situations, including the arms deal, a courtroom, the Gupta wedding, Nkandla, the Mandela memorial, a moment of loadshedding, and the 2015 State of the Nation debate.
Graphic designer and illustrator Kobus Galloway is also the author of "Idees Vol Vrees". He lives in Cape Town where he works for Media24's weekly publications. He is also a stand-up comedian and owner of Komedie Media CC
ON THEIR OWN,
women, urbanization, and the right to the city in South Africa
242pp., illus., paperback,
Allison Goebel explores the experiences of low-income women in urban South Africa post-apartheid.
"An excellent and thorough study drawing on vivid portraits of women's struggles in South Africa, 'On their Own' challenges 'right to the city' literature to pay more attention to the politics of race and gender." Mark Hunter, University of Toronto-Scarborough
Allison Goebel is Associate Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at Queen's University. She is also the author of "Gender and Land Reform: the Zimbabwe experience".
Hackett (R.) & Soares (B.) eds
NEW MEDIA AND RELIGIOUS TRANSFORMATIONS IN AFRICA,
foreword by Francis B. Nyamnjoh
A collection of essays that examine how many African religious leaders have appropriated new media technologies to gain public recognition and expand their communities. They also consider the way media have been used to marginalise and restrict the activities of other groups, and how this can lead to tension, conflict and even violence.
"Represents, as a whole, an excellent piece of academic work edited by two of the leading scholars in the field, bringing together an impressive number of authors who have done pioneering work in religion and media studies." Roman Loimeier, University of Göttingen
"This collection considers Islam and Christianity, but also African indigenous religions and will be extremely useful to scholars in media studies, religious studies, in sociology, political science, and anthropology, amongst other disciplines." Robert Launay, Northwestern University
"Muslim Community Radio Stations: constructing and shaping identities in a democratic South Africa" by Muhammed Haron
"Zulu Dreamscapes: senses, media, and authentication in contemporary neo-shamanism" by David Chidester
Rosalind Hackett is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tennesee, Knoxville.
Benjamin Soares is an anthropologist and Chair of the Researcher's Assembly at the Afrika-Studiecentrum in Leiden, The Netherlands.
and other stories
A debut collection of short stories by Sandra Hill.
Freelance writer and editor Sandra Hill lives in Stellenbosch.
la Grange (Z.)
GOOD MORNING, MR MANDELA,
369 pp., map, b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Zelda le Grange's account of the more than nineteen years she spent serving Nelson Mandela. In 1994 she joined President Nelson Mandela's office as a senior ministerial typist. She was promoted to one of Nelson Mandela's three private secretaries, and in 1999 he asked her to remain in his services beyond retirement. She served him until his death in 2013.
"President Nelson Mandela's choice of the young Afrikaner typist Zelda la Grange as his most trusted aide embodied his commitment to reconciliation in South Africa. She repaid his trust with loyalty and integrity. I have the highest regard for her." Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
"Intriguing, valuable, heartbreaking...She understands Mandela, quite simply, as her saviour" Mark Gevisser, Guardian
"Uplifting...charming, occassionally fainlty indiscreet, but alwats reverent" Stephen Robinson, Sunday Times
NAMIBIA'S RAINBOW PROJECT,
gay rights in an African nation
Robert Lorway examines the unexpected consequences of The Rainbow Project (TRP), a LGBT programme for young Namibians begun in response to President Nujoma's speeches against homosexuals. He also explores the effectiveness of Western sexual minority rights programmes in Africa in the midst of political violence, debates over anti-discrimination lawa, and government-sanctoned anti-homosexual rhetoric.
"A vivid ethnography that presents a challenging analysis of the paradoxical effects of a project that follows the model of many, many parallel projects all over the world. Engages a specific locality with societal problems and theoretical issues. Ideal for teaching." Peter Geschiere, University of Amsterdam
Robert Lorway is Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.
apartheid, squatter politics, and the struggle for home
Durham & London,
Anne-Maria Makhulu "explores practices of squatting and illegal settlement on the outskirts of Cape Town during and immediately following the end of apartheid." from the back cover
"Anne-Maria Makhulu sketches a moving picture of the often desperate struggles of squatters against the apartheid state in their efforts to make possible some sort of combination of work and family life. She also highlights important shifts and continuities under post-apartheid and the turn to neo-liberal policies. 'Making Freedom' is a major contribution that will impact the historiography of South Africa, urban studies, political economy, and anthropology of the state, market, and violence." Peter Geschiere, author of "Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust: Africa in comparison"
"We tend to think of South Africa in terms of its heroic struggles. Anne-Marie Makhulu shows us just how much we can learn by appreciating its quieter and less dramatic subaltern moments. In doing so, she places the expansion of shack settlements in post-apartheid Cape Town within the larger transformation of a global context." Donald Donham, author of "Violence in a Time of Liberation: murder and ethnicity at a South African gold mine"
Anne-Maria Makhulu is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies at Duke University.
STREET LIFE UNDER A ROOF,
youth homelessness in South Africa
213pp., illus., maps, paperback,
In this book Emily Margaretten draws on ten years of fieldwork to explore life at Point Place, a condemned, off the grid, five story apartment building in Durban that is home to over a hundred teenagers and young adults.
"An exemplary ethnography of post-apartheid life. Margaretten takes us to a place that few people know even exists: a self-run shelter for homeless young people in Durban. What emerges is a searing portrait of drugs, violence, and AIDS but also of compassion, loyalty, and humanity." Mark Hunter, author of "Love in a Time of AIDS: inequality, gender, and rights in South Africa"
"An important contribution to the anthropology of youth in Africa. Margaretten's rich, experience-near, ethnographic descriptions support a complex analysis of the lives of South African street youth in a context of dramatic inequality. It is nearly impossible to read 'Street Life under a Roof' without feeling a connection with the youth of Point Place and taking a deep interest in their struggles with love, family, and money." Daniel Mains, author of "Hope Is Cut: youth, unemployment, and the future in urban Ethiopia"
Emily Margaretten is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Ripon College.
A TASTE OF BITTER ALMONDS,
perdition and promise in South Africa
Investigative journalist Michael Schmidt's reflections on 21 years of democracy in South Africa.
"Michael Schmidt will challenge you in this book. He will enlighten you too. You will want to embrace him for going so far out on a limb with his truths. You will also want to punch him in the face for some of those revelations, and draw blood. There is, however, one thing you will never do. You will never say of this man: 'Michael Schmidt never was any good as a writer.' He gripped my attention...and never let it go." Eric Miyeni, author of "O, Mandingo! The only black at a dinner party"
Suid-Afrika tussen oorlog en unie, 1902-1910
575pp., illus., hardback, d.w.,
In this social history Karel Schoeman provides an overview of life in the four South African colonies during the Edwardian period. He focuses on influential personalities and leaders, important social events, the build-up to unification and the impact the 1913 Land Act had on the lives of black people.
Karel Schoeman is a Research Fellow in both the Department of History and the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French at the University of the Free State. He is the author of many works of fiction and non-fiction, both in English and Afrikaans.
A PERFECT STORM,
antisemitism in South Africa, 1930-1948
389pp., illus., paperback,
Milton Shain explores the growth on antisemitism in South Africa between 1930 and 1948, documenting the rise of the "Jewish Question", the growth of organisations like the Greyshirts, the New Order and the Ossewa-Brandwag, and the National Party's use of antisemitism to win electoral advantage.
"Shain’s masterful study explores a little understood but crucial period in the development of Afrikaner nationalism within South Africa … a major contribution to the study of the cancerous spread of antisemitism in the interwar period. This cements Shain's reputation as the leading expert on South African Jewish history." Adam Mendelsohn, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, College of Charlston
Milton Shain is Professor Emeritus of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town and former Director of the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa. His other books include "The Roots of Antisemitism in South Africa."
Valenti (D.) & Atlas (S.)
GREEN IS NOT A COLOUR,
environmental issues every generation should know
367pp., colour illus., paperback,
Devan Valenti and Simon Atlas explore the range of environmental challenges that face the world and identify the opportunities that provide solutions to these challenges.
"In 'Green is Not a Colour' South Africans Simon and Devan offer practical solutions to humanity's urgent problems of resource scarsity and wastage. This book compellingly explores a holistic and long-term framework for maintaining a healthy relationship between humans and their environment. If you're looking for a new outlook on sustainability and the future of our planet then this book needs to join your reading list." Tristram Stuart, author of "Waste: uncovering the global food scandal"
"This beautifully crafted and accessible book offers a highly useful primer on the pitfalls of the fossil fuel paradigm and the challenges that the world faces in moving toward a sustainable future. It is not only informative in a factual sense but also does an excellent job of laying out the debates and controversies within the contemporary sustainability movement. It's a must-read for students, educators, and sustainability practitioners." Jeremy Caradonna, author of "Sustainability: a history"
Devan Valenti works as an environmental consultant.
Architect and designer Simon Atlas works in the fields of architecture, brand communication, and building project management.
cartoons from Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times and The Times
160pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
The annual collection of Jonathan Shapiro's (Zapiro) cartoons, published since 1996.
"Zapiro must be stopped - his incisive portrayal of campus protests could put a generation of university academics out of business!" Professor Jonathan Jansen
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 has 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.