New Arrivals 20th to 26th of March 2016

Boje (J.) AN IMPERFECT OCCUPATION, enduring the South African War
243pp., illus., map, hardback, d.w., Urbana, 2015. R850
An account of the choices Afrikaner and Black residents of the Winburg district faced during the British occupation.

"Boje's sensitive analysis showcases the motives, actions, and reactions of Boers and Africans alike as initial British accomodation gave way to ruthlessness. Challenging notions of Boer unity and homogeneity, Boje illustrates the precarious tightrope of resistance, neutrality, and collaboration walked by people on all sides. He also reveals how the repercussions of the war's transformative effect on Afrikaner identity play out in today's South Africa" from the inside front cover

John Boje is a research associate of the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies at the Univeristy of Pretoria.
Byala (S.) A PLACE THAT MATTERS YET, John Gubbins's MuseumAfrica in the postcolonial world
330pp., illus., paperback, Chicago, 2013. R695
Sara Byala traces the history of MuseumAfrica in Johannesburg. The museum, formerly known as the Africana Museumn, was established in 1933, when the Johannesburg Public Library bought a large quantity of African material culture and books from John Gaspard Gubbins. The museum's scope widened to include all aspects of African cultural history and material culture. In 1994 the museum was refurbished and renamed Museum Africa.

"Sara Byala has given us a meticulously detailed and researched account of the history and transformation of a single institution: MuseumAfrica. In so doing she reminds the reader of the value of micro-history as a tool for comprehending the broader issues raised by museological developments in South Africa today." Annie Coombes, University of London

Historian Sara Byala is Senior Writing Fellow in the Center for Progress in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania.
Cohen (R.) THE GIRL FROM HUMAN STREET, a Jewish family odyssey
304pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, London, (2015) 2016. R250
Roger Cohen's portrait of his mother, June Cohen, and her long struggle with manic depression. June Cohen was born in 1929 on Human Street in a mining town near Johannesburg, where her parents decided to settle thirty years after leaving Lithuania. He retraces the odyssey of his family and reflects on Jewish identity.

"The guiding spirit of this book is W.G. Sebald. Powerful storytelling, sometimes breathtaking, written with a generosity that is truly humane." New York Review of Books

Roger Cohn is a columnist for the New York Times.
Coovadia (I.), Parsons (C.) & Dodd (A.) eds. RELOCATIONS, reading culture in South Africa
255pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R315
A collection of essays that reflect on South African culture and creative thinking. These essays are edited contributions from the Great Texts/ Big Questions public lecture series organised by the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts and held at the University of Cape Town's Hiddingh Hall in 2009.

"The success of GIPCA's 'Great Texts/ Big Questions' series as conceived by Imraan Coovadia lay in the immediacy of the various subjects as well as in the robust encounters it spurred between the academy and a range of different publics. As a compilation, 'Relocations' vividly captures this vitality and broadens the reach. It is an invaluable and visually stunning contribution to the pressing need for public debate and reflection in South Africa" Jay Pather, Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town, Director of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, and Artistic Director of Siwela Sonke

Contributions include:
"The Marvels of the Ingenious Knight Don Quijote de la Mancha " by André Brink
"These Things do Happen" by William Kentridge
"A Page" by Gabeba Baderoon, Rustum Kozain and Henrietta Rose-Innes
"An Inconvenient Truth: Abraham Lincoln and Karl Marx" by Zackie Achmat
"Gandhi's Hind Swaraj" by Isabel Hofmeyr
"How to Read Lolita" by Imraan Coovadia
"Syntactic Structures: Noam Chomsky and the Colourless Green Revolution in Language Studies" by Rajend Mesthrie
Gruzo (S.) & Turianskyi (Y.) eds. AFRICAN ACCOUNTABILITY, what works and what doesn't
218pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R200
Foreword by Adv. Thuli Madonsela.

A collection of essays that examine governance and accountability processes, tools and mechanisms in Africa.

"A welcome addition to the literature on accountability in the African context. It is a clear and succinct work, helpful for those in the academy as well as anyone wanting to understand institutions in Africa" Judith February, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Security Studies

Contributions include:
"Pan-Africanism, the APRM and the ACDEG: what lies ahead?" by Geroge Mukundi Wachira
"The OAU/AU at 50: governance for a sustainable future" by Tijurimo Alfredo Hengari & Yarik Turianskyi
"African Civil Society Securing Acountability Through the Courts" by Nicole Fritz
"The Ombudsman: promoting accountability and good governance" by John Mubangizi.

Steven Gadd is the Governance and APRM Programme Head at the South African Institute for International Affairs.
Yarik Turianskyi is the Governance and APRM Programme Manager at the South African Institute for International Affairs.
Heydenrych (A.) MALHUIS,
245pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R220
An erotic psychological thriller about a South African woman living in London.

Television and radio jourmnalist Anel Heydenrych lives and works in Colesberg.
Himonga (C.) & Moore (E.) REFORM OF CUSTOMARY MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND SUCCESSION IN SOUTH AFRICA, living customary law and social realities
374pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R695
This book examines the operation of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act 120 of 1998 (RCMA) and the rules of succession developed by the Constitutional Court in Bhe v Magistrate, Khayelitsha (the Bhe rules). It is the outcome of a research project conducted by the NRF Chair in Customary Law, Indigenous Values and Human Rights, the Department of Sociology at the University of Cape Town, and the National Movement of Rural Women.

"...offers readers a nuanced analysis that is rich in argumentation. The object of the research is to show how legislators in a new democratic constitutional framework have sought to do justice to customary rights that, in the arena of marriage, its effects and its dissolution as well as succession, fall within a normative context that is historically prior to the new Constitution of South Africa, and above all that are based on different value systems. This is a highly delicate topic, and the authors show clearly the prudence of the legislators, who did not create a tabula rasa but neither did they fully subscribe to the existing customary rights. This difficult balance is illustrated by a meticulous analysis of both case law and testimonies of people's experiences of law in daily life." Professor Marie-Claire Foblets, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Hugo (W.) ed. CONCEPTUAL INTEGRATION, and educational analysis
151pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R270
A collection of essays that explain how conceptual integration works and provide practical examples that can help educators grasp how to apply the process in practice.

"It is not often that educational researchers and classroom practitioners can see each other in one common narrative. Hugo and his team do it systematically and accessibly. The chapters in this book build a novel practice language which draws on the sciences (cognitive inguistics) and stretches on to the insides of the pedagogical process, prises it open and excavates its inner workings. In this book pedagogues can recognise the conceptual process they take to elaborate, compress, infer and blend ideas." Yael Shalem, Wits School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand

"Through a detailed set of cases, the book provides a fascinating account of the working of a particular aspect of pedagogy that lies at the heart of educational transmission - the shift from the experiential knowledge of the student to a specialized understanding of a discipline." Ursula Hoadley, School of Education, University of Cape Town

Contributions include:
"Using conceptual integration for educational analysis: a step-by-step guide" by Wayne Hugo
"Analogy but no disanalogy: the case of urban slums" by Carol Bertram
"Conceptual integration in the development of alphabet knowledge" by Clare Verbeek
"A Transforming Pedagogic Space: the school crest" by Jenni Karlsson
"When conceptual integration isn't: examples form mathematics education" by Iben Maj Christiansen.

Wayne Hugo is Associate Professor of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
185pp., paperback, No Place, 2015. R150
A humorous whodunnit about an investigation into the murder of diet guru Tim Noakes.

Paige Nick is also the author of "This Way Up" and "Pens Behaving Badly".

Noko (P.) FRUIT,
40pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R130
A play about a young girl who uses an indigenous game to tell her story of growing up in Diepkloof, Soweto.

This playscript won the 2015 Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival.

Playwright, director and actor Paul Noko was born in 1982 in Diepkloof.
Nustad (K.) CREATING AFRICAS, struggles over nature, conservation and land
192pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Pietermaritzburg, 2015. R205
First published in the UK in 2015.

Knut Nustad discusses the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in South Africa: the iSimangaliso (St Lucia) Wetland Park, where conservation interests compete with those of industrial forestry, commercial farming and local communities struggling to have their land returned to them. He demonstrates how each of these groups seek to define and create their own realities and that the conservation lobby will need to find a way of imagining nature and protection that includes people.

"Drawing ona lucid synthesis of current anthropological debates about ontology, materiality, and enactment, Knut Nustad offers an acute ethnography of the history and politics of the Dukuduku forest in South Africa. This is an intensely used and contested landscape, where sugar farmers, smalholders, and conservationists enact different natures and forms of politics. 'Creating Africa' helps us think about how we might live differently in the natural world, and in so doing, begin to craft a more hopeful environmental politics." Andrew Mathews, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Knut Nustad is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.
Robolin (S.) GROUNDS OF ENGAGEMENT, apartheid-era African American and South African writing
237pp., hardback, d.w., Urbana, 2015. R950
Stephane Robolin examines the relationships and cross-cultural exchanges between black South African and African American writers who sought to create common ground during the struggle against apartheid.

"This elegant book illuminates the connected histories of southern African and African American literary traditions, casting new light on both. This is a major study which will be read for years to come." Isabel Hofmeyr, co-editor of "South Africa and India: shaping the global south"

"Based on exemplary research - archival, as well as critical and theoretical - this book constitutes a subtle and thoughtful contribution to South African and American literary criticism, comparative and transnational cultural studies, and critical human geography." Rita Barnard, author of "Apartheid and Beyond: South African writers and the politics of place"

Stéphane Robolin is Associate Professor at Rutgers University.
Urban-Mead (W.) THE GENDER OF PIETY, family, faith, and colonial rule in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe
324pp., map, illus., paperback , Athens, 2015. R595
A history of Zimbabwe's Brethren in Christ Church, related through six life histories.

"Urban-Mead uses African church-goers' biographies from the early and mid-twentieth century to illuminate, from the inside, the environment of Zimbabean nationalism in Matabeleland, its birthplace. A wonderful recovery of the lives of a forgotten and betrayed cohort of people." Paul Landau, author of "Popular Politics in the History of South Africa, 1400 to 1948"

"Through close examination, Wendy Urban-Mead illuminates the gendered connections of individual women and men to the Brethren in Christ Church in Zimbabwe. The detailed biographies reveal a pattern: proper female behaviour intersected with church teachings, while men encountered difficulties in combining Ndebele masculine expectations with church ideology. 'The Gender of Piety' is a major contribution to studies of family, church, and gender history in Africa" Kathleen Sheldon, UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Wendy Urban-Mead is Associate Professor of History in the Master of Arts in Reaching Program ar Bard College in New York.
van Rensburg (H.) CASH IN, CASH OUT,
296pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R300
This book tracks the growth of Fundamo, a mobile banking start-up founded in 1999 by Hannes van Rensburg. in 2011 Fundamo was acquired by financial services company Visa Inc.
Venter (A.J.) BIAFRA'S WAR 1967-1970, a tribal conflict in Nigeria that left a million dead
314pp., b/w & colour illus., map, hardback, d.w., Solihull, 2015. R650
Al Venter spent time in Nigeria and Biafra covering the Civil War. This is his account of the conflict.

War correspondent, documentary filmmaker and author Al J.Venter served as an African and Middle East correspondent for various publications in the stable of Britain's Jane's Information Group. His other books include "War in Angola", "Africa at War", "The Chopper Boys" and "War Dog".

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