New Arrivals 10th to 16th of April 2016
'n reisjoernaal (nie die evangelie nie)
268pp., illus., maps, paperback,
C. Johan Bakkes and five fellow adventurers embark on journeys to the coldest and hottest places on earth still inhabited by people, in Russia and in Ethiopia. Their journey was inspired by the warning expressed in Revelations 3:15-16 in the Bible, that a “lukewarm” life is not worth living.
Bank (A,) & Jacobs (N.) eds.
southern African histories, special issue: the micro-politics of knowledge production in southern Africa
352pp., illus., maps, paperback,
Kronos is a journal published annually by the Department of History and the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape.
"Thinking with Birds: Mary Elizabeth Barber's advocacy for gender equality in ornithology" by Tanja Hammel
"'Facts about Ourselves': negotiating sexual knowledge in early twentieth-century South Africa" by S.E.Duff
"Racial Irredentism, Ethnogenesis, and White Supremacy in High-Apartheid South Africa" by Saul Dubow
"The Berlin Mission Society and German Linguistic Roots of 'Volkekunde: the background, training and Hamburg writings of Werner Eiselen, 1899-1924" by Andrew Bank
"Marriage, Science, and Secret Intelligence in the Life of Rudyerd Roulton (1901-1983): an American in Africa" by Nancy Jacobs.
Berold (R.) & Wessels (P.) eds
Work by students in the 2015 MA in Creative Writing at Rhodes University.
Text in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Sesotho.
FLOATING IN AN ANTIBUBBLE FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO SALFORD,
a mosaic of pictures and stories
198pp., colour illus., paperback,
Brenda Cooper's book is a mosaic of literature, art, fiction and memoir, in which she draws on her experience of growing up in apartheid South Africa, on her Jewish family history, and on her research on African and postcolonial writing.
"The fragmented focis of the book is on African migration and Diaspora, coinciding with her own recent migration from Cape Town to Salford in Greater Manchester, with echoes of the migrations of her forebears from Eastern Europe and Russia to South Africa...The compass throughout the book is writers and artists, some white like Shapcott, most diasporic women, who are living in London, Antwerp or New York, but whose parents - one or both - were born in Africa." from the inside front cover
For many years Brenda Cooper was the Director of the Centre for African Studies and Professor in the English Department at the University of Cape Town, where she is now an Emeritus Professor. From 2009 to 2015 she lived in Salford, where she was an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Manchester. Currently she lives in Cape town where she runs Burnish, which organises workshops on academic writing. She is also the author of "A New Generation of South African Writers, migration, material culture and language: (2008).
A new Vee Johnson thriller set in Oudshoorn, about cybercrime and corruption.
Hawa Jande Golakai was born in Germany in 1979. She spent her childhood in Liberia and as a result of the civil war moved around the continent. Currently she lives in Monrovia. She is also the author of "The Lazarus Effect".
STATES AND POWER IN AFRICA,
comparative lessons in authority and control
280pp., maps, paperback,
This new edition includes a new preface by the author and a revised chapter nine. This book was co-winner of the 2001 Gregory Luebbert Best Book Award, Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association
In this book Jeffrey Herbst argues that "the conditions now facing African state-builders existed long before European penetration of the continent." from the back cover
"An original and intriguing book, which I read with the greatest interest. Herbst's argument is provocative and lucidly presented. This book will be read and debated not only by Africanists but also by others in the political science community. It is the most important and successful contribution to the literature on African politics since Jackson and Rosenberg's." Robert Bates, Harvard University, author of "Open-Economy Politics: The Political Economy of the World Coffee Trade"
Jeffrey Herbst is President of Colagte University.
FIGHTING FOR MANDELA,
the explosive autobiography of the woman who helped to destroy apartheid
291pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w.,
Human Rights lawyer Priscilla Jana was born in Durban. She opened her own law practice to defend political activists in 1979 and was immediately served with a banning order. She was subjected to detentions, death threats and her home was petrol bombed on several occasions. She acted for several leading activists, including Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Desmond Tutu. After the 1994 elections she was elected as a member of South Africa's first democratic parliament. Later, she served as ambassador to The Netherlands and Ireland. Now retired, she lives in Cape Town.
Krige (K.) & Silber (G.)
entrpreneurs reinventing business and society
205pp., illus., paperback,
A collection of stories about South African social entrepreneurs and their enterprises. Entrpreneurs featured include Taddy Blecher, Claire Reid, Pat Pillai, Garth Japhet, and Anne Githuku-Shongwe.
Kerryn Krige heads up the Network for Social Entrepreneurs at the Gordon Institute of Business Science.
Journalist Gus Silber is also the author of "Mobinomics, Mxit and Africa's mobile revolution".
Kruss (G.) et al
BALANCING MULTIPLE MANDATES,
the changing role of science councils in South Africa
A study of how science councils "interact with actors in the informal sector, social development and community spaces, alongside their role in technology development for industry and government actors." from the back cover
A novel for young adults about a teenage girl who decides to join ecological activists trying to block fracking in the Karoo.
CITY OF THORNS,
nine lives in the world's largest refugee camps
384pp., maps, paperback,
Ben Lawrence interweaves the stories of nine individuals living in Dadaab refugee camp in the desert of northern Kenya and outlines the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there.
"'City of Thorns' elegantly portrays a place and its people at the very fringes of our society, yet also at the heart of its problems. Written with great integrity and insight, this is an urgent, important book that needs to be read" Owen Sheers, author of "I Saw a Man"
"A lyrical and captivating book. Not since Kapuscinski's 'The Soccer War' has an author seamlessly combined beautiful storytelling and journalistic detail together with such poignancy. Rawlence brings to life a world overlooked by most and forgotten by too many. 'City of Thorns' is a book of rare power. Flawless’ Samantha Nutt, M.D., founder of the international humanitarian organization War Child and author
"An achievement in reportage that few have matched... Rawlence has written a book that just might change the world, or, at the very least, awaken readers to one criminally forgotten corner of it. A tour de force" Booklist, starred review
‘At a time when western governments are obsessing over migrant flows, 'City of Thorns' offers unique insights into what prompts people to abandon their ancestral homes in the first place and the dreams that send them questing for a better life. Researching this book can't have been easy. Ben Rawlence is to be congratulated not just for his accessible writing style, but for his modesty, pluck and determination’ Michela Wrong, author of "Borderlines"
"Compassionate and powerful, this book gets to the heart of the tragedy of Somalia, and the struggles that face those displaced by war and want in eastern Africa. To better understand the current crisis of migration in our modern world, start here" David Anderson, Professor of African History, University of Warwick
"The most important book I've read in a long time. Not only does it make plain modern geopolitics, and what makes a refugee, it holds deeper truths about humanity and the system we have designed to preserve it when all seems lost. I worked in these camps at the height of this crisis. I needed this book. As we face a world with more people displaced from their homes than any ever before, 'City of Thorns' is essential reading" Dr James Maskalyk, author of "Six Montha in Sudan, a young doctor in a war-torn village"
Ben Rawlence is a former researcher for Human Rights Watch in the Horn of Africa. His is the author of "Radio Congo" and has written for a range of publictions, including the Guardian, the London Review of Books and Prospect. He lives in Wales.
WAVES OF CHANGE,
globalisation and seafaring labour markets
156pp., illus., paperback,
An account of how processes of globalisation work in the cargo shipping industry.
"'Waves of Change' highlights the complex, often poorly understood world of the global shipping industry and the seafarers who carry more than 90% of the world's trade by volume. As one of the oldest global industries, the book challenges the simplistic capitalistic and neo classical ideals that subsequently argue for nation states to leave the commercial fate of any domestic shipping industry to global market forces. Instead the author asks many critical questions - most profound being if nations rely on shipping so heavily and global markets are so turbulent and equilibrium so elusive, why have so many governments abandoned shipping industry reform? This impressive book challenges us to ask why nations are passively ignoring the social and economic benefits derived from a properly regulated, competitive shipping industry manned by seafarers who are not only competent, but recognised for their contribution to a nation's success." Marcus Bowles, Director of the Institute for Working Futures and Professor at the Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania
Shaun Ruggunan is a senior lecturer in human resources management at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.