New Arrivals 20th to 26th of June 2018

Bezuidenhout (S.) & Grundling (E.) TRUITJIE ROER MY NIE, oor Kempton en ander k-woorde
221pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R220
A memoir by Afrikaans stand-up comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout.
Diphoorn (T.) TWILIGHT POLICING, private security and violence in urban South Africa
282pp., illus., maps, paperback, Oakland, 2016. R735
"'Twilight Policing' draws us into the world of security and reveals the gallery of people populating it. We learn about and appreciate difficult moral dilemmas in the harsh and precarious reality that is contemporary South Africa without losing sight of the greater conceptual and political implications. An impressive feat!" Steffen Jensen, author of "Gangs, Politics, and Dignity in Cape Town"

"In an age when security is being pluralized and degovernmentalized, and the lines between state and other sovereignties are becoming blurred, Tessa Diphoorn provides the tools for deconstructing contemporary relationships of rule, especially in post-apartheid South Africa. Richly detailed and compelling, 'Twilight Policing' is an important contribution to the ethnography of policing, with a particular focus on the relatively understudied domain of private police. It will be a valuable resource for scholars, teachers, and students of politics, violence, and law enforcement, in a variety of contexts worldwide." Daniel Goldstein, author of "Owners of the Sidewalk: security and survival in the informal city"

Tessa Diphoorn is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University.
Erasmus (P.) THE BATTLE AT MAMUSA, the Western Transvaal border culture and the ethno-dissolution of the last functioning Korana polity
287pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Bloemfontein, 2015. R400
"'The Battle of Mamusa' reflects the grievous event in the Western Transvaal border culture context that contributed profoundly to the dissolution of the last functioning Korana polity. The narrative presented in this work is exceptional for at least two reasons: Firstly, for the thoughtful manner in which the intriguing concept of metaphors is applied in this study of historical ethnography cum ethnohistory. Secondly, for the skilful way in which the author relates the battle of Mamusa to how present-day Korana and neo-Khoisan communities, in a new context, are relating to their future in a post-1994 constitutional dispensation." Prof. Henry (Jatti) Bredekamp, University of the Western Cape

Piet Erasmus was a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of the Free State.
Jattiem (R.) DISTRICT SIX, thanks for the memories
127pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, No Place, 2017. R175
Rashaad Jattiem's memoir of growing up in District Six.


Rashaad Jattiem lectured in personnel management at Peninsula Technikon until his retirement in 2004.
Katz (D.) SOUTH AFRICANS VERSUS ROMMEL, the untold story of the Desert War in World War II
352pp., illus., maps, hardback, d.w., Guilford, Connecticut, 2018. R675
David Katz reconstructs the operations South Africa conducted as part of the British Eighth Army against Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps in North Africa.

David Katz, until recently a member of the SADF, is currently studying for a PhD in Military Science at Stellenbosch University.
Mathekga (R.) RAMAPHOSA'S TURN, can Cyril save South Africa?
223pp., paperback, Cpe Town, 2018. R300
"Ralph Mathekga has distinguished himself as one of South Africa's foremost thinkers and writers on government, power and politics. This superb book is a continuation of his analysis of Ramaphosa's stunning victory. In it he outlines in a masterly way the challenges Ramaphosa faces if he is to succeed. 'Ramaphosa's Turn' is an excellent guide to understanding the road ahead for a leader whose time has at last come." Adriaan Basson, News24 editor-in-chief
McGhie (V.) & du Preez (M.) ACCESSING POST-SCHOOL STUDIES, a student GPS to successful learning
251pp., paperback, (Stellenbosch), 2017. R440
A resource for education administrators, learners, students, parents and teachers at pre- and post-secondary level.

Venicia McGhie is a senior lecturer and Head of the Academic Development Department in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Western Cape.
Madge du Preez worked as Senior Faculty Officer in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Western Cape from 1984 to 2014.
Naidoo (V.) & Venter (S.) eds. I REMEMBER NELSON MANDELA,
269pp., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2018. R220
Foreword by Graça Machel.

A collection of memories by people who worked with Nelson Mandela, including Mac Maharaj, Faizel Moosa, Jessie Duarte, Willie Hofmeyr, Priscilla Naidoo, Trevor Manuel, Zelda la Grange, Rory Steyn, Desmond van Rooyen, Achmat Dangor, Oupa Ngwenya, Njabulo Ndebele, and many others.
Osseo-Asare (A.) BITTER ROOTS, the search for healing plants in Africa
300pp., illus., maps, paperback, Chicago, 2014. R755
Includes the chapter, "Take Kalahari Hoodia for Hunger".

"In a refreshing and innovative approach to bioprospecting, 'Bitter Roots' helps to fill this gap by telling the stories of six African healing plants—rosy periwinkle, Asiatic pennywort, grains of paradise, Strophanthus, Cryptolepis, and Hoodia—all of which have been the subject of commercial investigation. By taking us on a historical journey from colonial exploration and exploitation to the contemporary controversies within which such plants are located, Osseo-Asare shows how multiple innovators have contributed toward the shaping of scientific knowledge. Through meticulous ethnographic research, she demonstrates how class distinctions allowed some parties to claim credit for drug discovery at the expense of others, highlighting the complexity of natural product research in African countries. 'Bitter Roots' is not only engaging and provocative, but also provides new perspectives on old stories, in a region that has received little attention." The American Historical Review

“By choosing to investigate colonial and postcolonial science through scientific work with plant medicines, Abena Dove Osseo-Asare deepens our understanding of the power relations not only between African and European or American scientists but also between healers and these indigenous and foreign scientists. Her detailed account of transnational scientific collaborations will be a lasting contribution to the field of science studies.” Stacey Langwick, Cornell University

“'Bitter Roots' is a book for our times: an age of bioprospecting and biopiracy, with hope for partnerships bringing bioprosperity. Abena Dove Osseo-Asare’s remarkable investigations clarify both the facts and the issues through the example of how the roots of several plants associated with Africa have been used, studied, and remade. She notes the slippery entanglements between traditional and scientific practices and, in the process, stalks not only knowledge but justice. Informative, bold, and sensitive.” Harold J. Cook, author of "Matters of Exchange, commerce, medicine, and science in the Dutch Golden Age"

Abena Osseo-Asare is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley.
Söderlund (A.) & Steyn (D.) IRON FIST FROM THE SEA, top secret seaborne Recce operations (1978-1988)
398pp., illus., maps, paperback, Revised edition, Johannesburg, 2018. R295
Clandestine seaborne raids undertaken by 4 Reconnaissance Regiment during the Border War.

This is an updated and condensed edition of "Iron Fist from the Sea, South Africa's seaborne raiders 1978-1988", published in the UK in 2014.
Scholtz (G.) LIG WANKELEND, die wese van die liefde en lewe van Utte Reuter
216pp., paperback, Reprint, Stellenbosch, (2010) 2016. R320
A novel about a German woman who travelled alone to Cape Town in 1949 to escape the horrors and aftermath of WWII and marry her pen friend's brother.

Gerard Scholtz was lecturer at the Cape Town Academy for Drama Arts for 20 years, until his retirement in 1997. This is his first novel.
von Schnitzler (A.) DEMOCRACY'S INFRASTRUCTURE, techno-politics and protest after apartheid
238pp., paperback, Princeton, 2016. R490
Antina von Schnitzler focuses on conflicts surrounding a project to install prepaid water meters in Soweto to trace how infrastructure, payment, and technical procedures become sites of struggle over South Africa's political transformation.

"'Democracy's Infrastructure' takes an incisive, illuminating look at the technopolitics of water in South Africa. Through close and careful observation, this book reveals how specific technological mechanisms enable and constrain government projects, and how forms of measurement and pricing shape new, market-oriented subjects. This is a major contribution, one that joins the study of social movements and political resistance to the new anthropology of infrastructure in an entirely convincing way." James Ferguson, author of "Give a Man a Fish, reflections on the new politics of distribution"

"A theoretically savvy account of how the distribution of prepaid technologies in apartheid South Africa dovetailed with the emergence of new forms of neoliberal governance, 'Democracy's Infrastructure' shows how technology continues to animate life there today. One of the most innovative postapartheid studies in recent years, this is required reading for those interested in understanding the complexities of the South African democratic transition." Steven Robins, University of Stellenbosch

Anthropologist Antina von Schnitzler is Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School.
204pp., paperback, Fifth Edition, Chichester, (1994) 2012. R650
This new edition includes a new final chapter on the first two decades of democracy.

"That Worden explains the major themes in South African history...while remaining concise, readable and balanced, is quite an achievement for a book that can serve as an excellent introductory text for history and political courses on modern South Africa." Journal of Modern African Studies

Nigel Worden is Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town. His other publications include "Cape Town: the making of a city, an illustrated social history" (co-authored with Elizabeth Van Heyningen and Vivian Bickford-Smith, 1998), "Conquest, Apartheid and Democracy (1993), and "Slavery in Dutch South Africa" (1985).
World Bank Group AN INCOMPLETE TRANSITION, overcoming the legacy of exclusion in South Africa, South Africa Systematic Country Diagnostic
185pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R250
Based on the World Bank Group's Systematic Country Diagnostic, prepared for its 2019-2020 Country Partnership Framework with South Africa, this book suggests ways to accomplish the goals of eliminating poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity: to build South Africa's skills base; to reduce the highly skewed distribution of land and productive assets and strengthen property rights; to increase competitiveness and participation in global and regional value chains; to overcome apartheid spatial patterns; and to increase strategic adaptation to climate change and water insecurity.

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