New Arrivals 3rd to 9th of April 2016

88 minutes, DVD, , 2014. R185
A feature fim set in Cape Town, about a phone-sex line operator, a dog handler, an IT-technician and a teenager who discover their relationships are part of a conspiracy to keep them in, or out, of love.
Botha (H.) ATROPOS,
91pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R175
A collection of poems by Hendrik Snyman. Most of these poems were written for a degree in creative writing from the University of Cape Town.

Hendrik Snyman lives in Pretoria where he works as an anesthetist.
280pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Pietermaritzburg, 2016. R335
The book was first published in USA in 2014.

Michael Bratton analyses the failed power-sharing experiment in Zimbabwe and explores key challenges of political transition, such as constitution-making, elections, security-sector reform and transitional justice.

"A powerful and deeply personal book about Zimbabwean politics that also yields considerable comparative insights for students of democracy in other parts of Africa...Bratton offers us an instant classic of Zimbabwe studies, with implications reaching well beyond the borders of that troubled place." Pierre Engelbrecht, Journal of Democracy

Michael Bratton is University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and African Studies at Michigan State University. His other books include "Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa" and "Public Opinion, Democracy, and Market Reform in Africa (with Robert Mattes and E. Gyimah-Boadi).
Cheldelin (S.) & Mutisi (M.) eds. DECONSTRUCTING WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY, a critical review of approaches to gender and empowerment
276pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R270
A collection of essays that explore the extent to which women are included in post-conflict peace processes. The authors present evidence of gender-sensitive legislation and constitutions and gender-based programmes for women and girls in demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration processes, and examine the challenges to achieving gender equality and women's empowerment. They also analyse whether the inclusion of women in the public sphere makes a difference in the lives of women and girls.

Contributions include:
"Reclaiming Women's Agency in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies: women's use of political space in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa" by Ismael Muvingi
"Paved with Good Intentions: the need for conceptualising gender as a social structure in policy construction" by Elizabeth Degi Mount
"Add Women and Stir: implementation of gender quotas in politics and governance" by Martha Mutisi.

Sandra Cheldelin is the Lynch Professor of Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.
Martha Mutisi is a lecturer in the Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance at the Africa University.
Falkof (N.) THE END OF WHITENESS, satanism & family murder in late apartheid South Africa
242pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R225
This book is a reworking of the original publication, "Satanism and Family Murder in Late Apartheid South Africa, imagining the end of whiteness", published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2015. Includes some new material.

A study of the background to two cultural symptoms, satanism and family murders, that illustrate the psychic landscape of white South African culture in the 1980s and 1990s.

"An exquisite, uncompromising and timeous book at a moment when whiteness has, in many instances, undergone not an ending but a rebirth." Sarah Nuttall, Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies and Director of WISER, University of the Witwatersrand

Nicky Falkof is currently a senior lecturer in the Media Studies department at Wits University.
Kaganof (A.) dir. DECOLON I SING WITS, an act of epistemic disobedience
90 minutes, DVD, , 2015. R360
A documentary about how the student-driven movement to decolonize South African universities is being undertaken at the University of the Witwatersrand. It follows a group of Economic Freedom Front (EFF) student league members and features Vice Chancellor Adam Habib and Vuyani Pambo.
Keeney (B.) & Keeney (H.) eds. WAY OF THE BUSHMAN, spiritual teachings and practices of the Kalahari Ju/'hoansi, as told by the tribal elders, translated by Beesa Bo
224pp., paperback, Rochester, 2015. R350
Presents the core teachings of the Kalahari Ju/'hoan Bushmen as told in their own words by the tribal elders.

“Bradford and Hillary Keeney have broken through the dusty curtain that often separates anthropologists from the people whose beliefs and practices they want to understand. Instead of writing exclusively about their own impressions, they foreground the teachings of Ju’hoan Bushman elders from northeastern Namibia. Their parallel commentary shows how a form of circular interaction and change-oriented activities have kept the ancient religion and its practitioners alive and successful despite major social upheaval in their community over the past century or more. It is a poignant reminder that the opportunity to share the experiences described with rare insight in this ‘bible’ may never arise in the same way again.” Janette Deacon, archaeologist and co-editor with Pippa Skotnes of "The COurage of //Kabbo, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of 'Specimens of Bushman Folklore'"

“Other anthropologists had not succeeded in pushing through to the deep experience that is the key to Bushman spirituality. With Brad Keeney’s acceptance as a healer, hithero closed doors began to open. This work describes in previously unavailable detail how the Bushmen learn the techniques of transition and transformation,how they journey to the spirit realm, and how they climb the ropes of God. As we read the words of these Bushman elders, we can almost feel what it must be like to undertake such journeys.” David Lewis-Williams, founder of the Rock Art Research Institute, University of Witwatersrand

“First and foremost, Bradford Keeney has danced with the San (Bushmen) and met them at a kinesthetic level of understanding that is unparalleled in previous anthropological research. Having met the elder healers on their own terms, Brad developed a deep relationship that brought a new voice and insight to the representation and interpretation of their healing dance. Hillary and Brad have a very special physical and academic skillset and an exceptional dedication to research. This book reveals new depths in the beliefs and practices of San (Bushman) healing that will hopefully be as valuable for the San (Bushmen) as a record and guide in a fast-changing world as it is for the wider world to appreciate these extraordinary people.” Chris Low, anthropologist and physician, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Traditional healer, scholar and musician Bradford Keeney's other books include "Bushman Shaman and Shaking Medicine". He is regarded as a n/om-kxao (traditional healer or shaman) by Bushmen elders throughout Botswana and Namibia and participated in Bushman ceremonies for more than two decades. Megan Biesele reports (see pg.xv) that he was asked by the Kalahari shamans to take the details of of their healing profession to a wider public. He also served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Rock Art Institute in Johannesburg.
Traditional healer, scholar and dancer Hillary Keeney is associate editor of "Dance, Movement and Spirituality". Together the Keeneys founded the Keeney Institute for Healing.
319pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2016. R330
A collection of case studies of African peace processes finalised before 2005 and why these peace agreements succeeded or failed. Countries studied are Angola, Burundi, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.

Contributions include "Peace accords in Angola: contesting the meaning of success" by Justin Pearce.

Grace Maina is currently serving as a political officer in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.
Erik Melander is Professor in the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden.

172pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R220
A collection of essays that discuss the challenge of pursuing justice and reconciliation in the Great Lakes region, with a specific focus on Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Tim Murithi is Head of the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) Justice and Reconciliation in Africa Programme and Extraordinary Professor of African Studies at the Centre for African Studies, University of the Free State.
Nyamnjoh (F.) & Brudvig (I.) eds. MOBILITIES, ICTS AND MARGINALITY IN AFRICA, comparative perspectives
244pp., paperback, Cape Town & Dakar, 2016. R280
A collection of essays that investigate the transformations brought about by new information and communication technologies in mobile, socially marginal populations in Africa.

Contributions include:
"Defeating Marginality: mobile phones as a rite of passage" by Crystal Powell
"Navigating and Negotiating Relationships Through the Cell Phone: the case of Basotho women" by Kefiloe Sello
Gifting, Reiprocity and Obligation in Communication by Young Cameroonians in Cape Town" by Francis Nyamnjoh
"ICTs, News and Networking Among Somali Migrants in Cape Town: prospects for a mobile nationhood?" by Ingrid Brudvig
"Mobile Margins: mobile communication and the reconfiguration of the family in post-independence Namibia" by Volker Winterfeldt and Ndeshimona Namupala.

Francis Nyamnjoh in Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town. He is a fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Science and the African Academy of Schience.
Ingrid Brudvig is a doctoral student of social anthropology at the University of Cape Town.
199pp., paperback, Cape Town , 2016. R220
A novel set in Johannesburg about a troubled young woman living in the northern suburbs and the woman who works for her as a domestic worker.

"Ameera Patel’s first novel is edgy, witty, fresh, engaging, moving, memorable. This is an important new voice in the emerging movement of new South African fiction, taking us to places at once familiar and defamiliarised by the sensitivity of the writing. A vivid portrait of contemporary Johannesburg, wide-ranging, passionately engaged and acerbic." Craig Higginson, author of "Last Summer", "The Landscape Painter" and "The Dream House"

Ameera Patel is an actress and playwright. This is her first novel.
Pithouse (R.) WRITING THE DECLINE, on the struggle for South Africa's democracy
199pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R265
Richard Pithouse explores the growing authoritarianism of the South African state, the deepening social crisis, and the new ideas and forces that are emerging.

"A very important book from one of our most talented historians of the present...The elegance of Richard's writing is unparalleled, and the power of his arguments striking. This book reveals, in the starkest terms, what is at stake in the discourse and practice of emancipation in contemporary South Africa. It will add necessary substance - and, in no small part, erudition - to many of our debates, in these times of born-again anti-intellectualism." Achille Mbembe, author of "On the Postcolony"

"This collection by Richard Pithouse shows a deep commitment to connecting the struggles of vulnerable people across the globe, doing so with an enviable appreciation of history and structural analysis, and refusing to fall into the South African temptation of parochial analysis. The collection deserves a wide readership, from those who value bottom-up analysis of the search for substantive equality and justice, to those who enjoy writing that demonstrates a poetic command of the English language, or wish to understand the contours of our fledgling but lively democratic project." Eusebius McKaiser, political analyst, broadcaster, lecturer and author of "Run, Racist, Run"

Richard Pithouse is one of our finest essayists. He is the proverbial canary in the coalmine. With each exposition you watch him fly into the heart of South Africa's dysfunction and wonder whether he will come out alive. He does, just as we do. Time and again, Pithouse emerges with a song - woeful, melodic and, when you least expect it, redemptive." Sisonke Msimang, writer and activist

Richard Pithouse teaches politics at Rhodes University. He writes regularly for journals and newspapers, both print and online.
Small (A.) MARIA, moeder van God, 'n passiespel
71pp., paperback, Cape Town , 2015. R145
An passion play by Adam Small about Mary, the mother of Jesus. In Afrikaans.

South African playwright and poet Adam Small was born in Wellington in the Western Cape on 21 December 1936. He was awarded the Hertzog Prize in 2012. His latest anthology of poetry, "Klawerjas", was published in 2013.

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