New Arrivals 28th to 6th of March 2015

AFRICAN FOLKTALES ONSTAGE!, 1 & 2, plays for pre-teens
206 + 208 pp., paperbacks, Cape Town, 2015. R365
A two-volume anthology of twenty-four plays based on retellings of traditional African folktales.
Dhupella-Mesthrie (U.) guest ed. KRONOS 40, southern African histories, November 2014, Special Issue, Paper Regimes
312pp., illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R265
Kronos is a journal published annually by the Department of History and the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape.

Contributions include:
"Cape Slaves in the Empire of the VOC" by Nigel Worden
"Writing on Skin: the entangled embodied histories of Black labour and livestock registration in the Cape Colony, c.1860-1909" by Lance van Sittert
"Demitrios Tsafendas and the Subversion of Apartheid's Paper Regime" by Zuleiga Adams
"The Book of Life: the South African Population Register and the invention of racial descent, 1950-1980" by Keith Breckenridge.
Matjila (D.) & Haire (K.) BRINGING PLAATJE BACK HOME, ga e phetsolele nageng, 're-storying' the African and Batswana sensibilities in his oeuvre
212pp., paperback, Trenton, 2015. R400
This study of the life and works of Sol Plaatje seeks to demonstrate that, "while Plaatje wore the outer trappings of Englishness and Westernization... his worldview, ideals, character, multilingualism, values and lifework were informed by deep rootedness in his Setswana and African culture." from the back cover

D.Matjila is Associate Professor in the Department of African Languages at UNISA.
Karen Haire is Assciate Professor in the Multidisciplinary Faculty at Principia College, USA, and a research fellow at UNISA.
Mesemwa (M.) WATER, HISTORY AND POLITICS IN ZIMBABWE, Bulawayo's struggles with the environment, 1894-2008
218pp., illus., maps, paperback, Trenton, 2014. R400
"A well-researched and very lucidly written book that offers a refreshingly novel way of looking at Zimbabwean urban history through an insightful analysis of the lived experience of the inhabitants of the city of Bulawayo's suburb of Makokoba over long periods of persistent water scarcity from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. It also examines how the politics of access to and control of scarce water resources in the town and Matabeleland region affected the dynamics of local, regional and national social, political and economic developments and relations." Alois Mlambo, Head of Historical and Heritage Studies, University of Pretoria

Muchaparara Musemwa is Associate Professor of History, Department of History, University of the Witwatersrand.
Mlambo (A.) A HISTORY OF ZIMBABWE,
277pp., illus., maps, paperback, New York, 2014. R380
Alois Mlambo "examines Zimbabwe's precolonial, colonial and postcolonial social, economic and political history and relates historical factors and trends to more recent developments in the country." from the back cover

Alois Mlambo is Head of the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies at the University of Pretoria.
Stilwell (S.) SLAVERY AND SLAVING IN AFRICAN HISTORY,
223pp., illus., maps, paperback, New York, 2014. R420
A history of slavery in Africa from the earliest times to the end of the twentieth century.

"A refreshing reexamination of the place of slavery in the history of Africa, 'Slavery and Slaving in African History' surveys the role of slaves in the economies and societies of Africa throughout history, thereby establishing context for an understanding of the deportation of slaves across the Atlantic, the Sahara, and the Indian Ocean and of the use of slaves in Africa itself." Paul Lovejoy, FRSC Ditinguished Research Professor, Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History, York University

Sean Stilwell is Associate Professor of African History at the University of Vermont.
Zerai (A.) HYPERMASCULINITY, STATE VIOLENCE, AND FAMILY WELL-BEING IN ZIMBABWE, an Africana feminist analysis of maternal and child health
228pp., maps, paperback, Trenton, 2014. R350
“Exaggerated masculinity and state violence have long been close companions, the unsavory duo a grave danger to the health and wellbeing of women and children, especially. Assata Zerai’s searching analysis of postcolonial Zimbabwe artfully unpacks that companionship. The chilling consequences – in maternal and child mortality, malnutrition, and physical and emotional health – are here displayed in a rare synthesis of quantitative methodology and feminist analysis, Africana feminist analysis. It is a singular achievement that will command attention across the social and human sciences, from Africanists, feminists, and scholars of the African diaspora, among others. Through it all, the author’s gaze is firmly fixed on the general reader. Zerai has at once made a unique contribution to scholarship and struggle—the struggle against the multiple and related forms of oppression her book highlights, in and out of Zimbabwe.”
—Michael West, Professor of Africana Studies, Sociology and History at Binghamton University

Assata Zerai is Associate Professor of Sociology anf African Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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