New Arrivals 6th to 12th of March 2020

Balogun (O.) et al eds. AFRICA EVERY DAY, fun, leisure, and expressive culture on the continent
371pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Athens, 2019. R610
Contributions include:
Hosting a Haircutting in Diégo Suarez, Madagascar" by Erin Nourse
"Tank Park's Children: recreational activities of Namibian children in Oranjemund during the 1980s" by Martha Ndakalako-Bannikov
"'Have You Been to the Malls?' the new mall scene in Botswana" by Deborah Durham
"Love, Play, and Sex: polyamory and the hidden pleasures of everyday life in Kaoko, northwest Namibia" by Steven Van Wolputte
"Leisure at the Edge of Legality: cannabis in twentieth-century Swaziland and South Africa" by Bill McCoy.

“With its snapshots of a dazzling variety of everyday activities — sports, social media, music, moviegoing, sex and romance, and the use of public spaces are just a few — this bright and readable collection sets out to provide an antidote to the prevailing depiction of Africa as a scene of unmitigated deprivation, disorder, and despair. It will easily intrigue readers who are not African studies specialists, as well as Africanists in a wide range of disciplines (anthropology, politics, cultural studies, history, literature, development studies).” Karin Barber, author of A History of African Popular Culture

Oluwakemi Balogun teaches in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Sociology at the University of Oregon.
Folklorist Lisa Gilman teaches at George Mason University. She is the author of The Dance of politics: performance, gender, and democratization in Malawi.
Historian Melissa Graboyes teaches in the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.
Music and dance scholar and practitioner Habib Iddrisu teaches at the University of Oregon.
64pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R130
An introduction to the discovery of the coelacanth in 1939. Suitable for younger readers.

Mike Bruton studied ichthyology under JLB and Margaret Smith and took over from Margaret as Director of the JLB Smith Institute of Ichtyology. He is the author of The Annotated Four legs, the updated story of the coelacanth and The Fishy Smiths, a biography of JLB and Margaret Smith.
Cole (J.) & Thomas (L.) eds. LOVE IN AFRICA,
265pp., illus., paperback, Chicago & London, 2009. R750
Contributions include:
"Love, Sex, and the Modern Girl in 1930s Southern Africa" by Lynn Thomas
"Providing Love: sex and exchange in twentieth-century South Africa" by Mark Hunter
"Love, Money, and Economies of Intimacy in Tamatave, Madagascar" by Jennifer Cole.

Love in Africa sets two scholarly milestones. First, it demands that students of Africa confront the full spectrum of human emotion in the continent. Second, and speaking more universally, it shows how love, while experienced in the most deeply personal of ways, invariably arises from economic and social circumstance. Drawing on everything from the improvisation of new forms of love from newspaper advice columns, Bollywood, and the European colonial legacy to the monetary exchanges that so powerfully shape emotion, this unflinching book will win an immediate place on the shelves of Africanists as well as social scientists in general.” Caroline Bledsoe, Northwestern University

Anthropologist Jennifer Cole is Professor in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Forget Colonialism.
Lynn M. Thomas is Associate Professor of History at the University of Washington and author of Politics of the Womb: women, reproduction, and the state in Kenya.
du Plessis (M.) KORA, a lost Khoisan language of the early Cape and the Gariep
396pp., illus., maps, paperback, Pretoria & Cape Town, 2018. R445
Kora, the Khoisan language spoken by the Khoi of the early Cape and the Gariep, was thought to have disappeared. In 2007 Mike Besten, an historian at the University of the Free State, discovered a few elderly people who still retained some fluency in the language. In 2011 Menán du Plessis and her team carried out an emergency documentation after obtaining recordings from two of the last living speakers.

Menán du Plessis is Extraordinary Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Stellenbosch University. She is the author of two works of fiction, A State of Fear and Longlive!
Farred (G.) ENTRE NOUS, between the World Cup and me
263pp., paperback, Durham & London, 2019. R460
Grant Farred examines the careers of football stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, along with his own experience playing for an amateur township team in apartheid South Africa and for his Princeton graduate student team.

“While numerous scholars have used different social theories to explore the meaning of sport, Grant Farred employs philosophy to present a fascinating and profound interpretation of football along with fresh understandings of the ontology and politics of sport. Entre Nous is an exemplary piece of scholarship that offers scholars a template for exploring sport in a new and highly stimulating manner. It completely transcended my disinterest in football!” Douglas Booth, author of The Field: truth and fiction in sport history

“Masterfully illuminating the intersections between football, historical and social context, and fan and player affect, Grant Farred has written a powerful and far-reaching book. Entre Nous is quite moving in its combination of philosophical reflection, humor, touching personal recollection, and Farred's very evident love for football.” Yago Colás, author of Ball Don’t Lie: myth, genealogy, and invention in the cultures of basketball

South African Grant Farred is Professor of Africana Studies and English at Cornell University. Entre Nous is the concluding volume of a trilogy of works on sport and the event. The other two are In Motion, At Rest: the event of the athletic body and The Burden of Over-representation: race, sport, and philosophy.
Horn (M.) DREAM OF A LIFETIME, crossing Antarctica
203pp., colour illus., map, paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2020. R250
First published in France in 2018 as L'antarctique, le rêve d'une vie.

Explorer Mike Horn crossed the Antarctic alone in February 2017, following an unexplored path.

Mike Horn was born in South Africa in 1966. After serving in SADF Special Forces he relocated to Switzerland. He has worked as a high performance and mental coach for a number of international sports teams, including the Proteas.
152pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2020. R260
Tanzanian Shereen Jog shares a selection of recipes rooted in the traditional methods and tastes of East Africa and India, from where a large portion of the populations originates.
Kornegay Jnr (F.) & Mthembu (P.) eds. AFRICA AND THE WORLD, navigating shifting geopolitics
441pp., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2020. R300
Contributions include:
"The Multiple Determinants of Geopolitics and Africa's Place in a Potent Economic, Ideological and Psychological Mix" by Joel Netshitenzhe
"Russia's New Outreach to Africa: economic and geostrategic implications" by Gerrit Olivier
"China's Belt and Road Initiative: how can Africa advance its strategic priorities?" by Philani Mthembu
"Island Africa: toward a continental maritime zone of peace and cooperation geostrategy?" by Francis Kornegay Jnr
"Afro-Latin Equations: revisiting the zone of peace and coperation in the south Atlantic" by Gladys Lechini.

Francis Kornegay Jnr is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Dialogue, University of South Africa.
Philani Mthembu is Executive Director of the Institute for Global Dialogue, University of South Africa. He is the author of China and India's Development Cooperation in Africa, the rise of southern powers.
435pp., hardback, d.w., New York, 2019. R395
A novel set in the Magaliesberg in the 1990s, about three women - two white sisters and their black teenage domestic worker - all of whom struggle with issues of motherhood.

Bianca Marais was born in Johannesburg in 1976. She now lives in Toronto. She is the author of Hum If You Don't Know the Words.
Reynolds (P.) THE UNCARING, INTRICATE WORLD, a field diary, Zambezi Valley, 1984-1985, edited with a foreword by Todd Meyers
193pp., illus., map, paperback, Durham & London, 2019. R440
Anthropologist Pamela Reynolds' field diary. In the 1950s the colonial British government in Northern and Southern Rhodesia (present-day Zambia and Zimbabwe) constructed a large hydroelectric dam that created Lake Kariba and displaced nearly 60,000 indigenous residents. In 1984 Pamela Reynolds began fieldwork with the Tonga people to study the lasting effects of the dispossession of their land on their lives.

Includes afterwords by Jane Guyer and Julie Livingston who reflect on the diary's context and its continued relevance.

“Pamela Reynolds's ethnography-diary The Uncaring, Intricate World elegantly captures the vicissitudes of life in a setting of breathtaking sunsets, stunning moon rises, brutal gusts of night wind, and the ceaselessly annoying high pitch of the mosquito's whine. In the pages of this wonderful book she presents a complex cast of memorable characters whose life challenges underscore both the fragility and resilience of the human condition as well as the small pleasures of sipping brandy after a long day of being-in-the-world.” Paul Stoller, author of Adventures in Blogging: public anthropology and popular media

“The dated entries in The Uncaring, Intricate World bring into view not what is hidden and occult but what is before our eyes. Pamela Reynolds's writings are renowned for showing us that children haunt anthropological texts even as they go unacknowledged — yet this book adds an entirely new dimension to Reynolds's work by revealing the child who hides in the anthropologist.” Veena Das, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

Pamela Reynolds is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University, Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, and author of War in Worcester: youth and the apartheid state.
Todd Meyers is Associate Professor of Anthropology at New York University, Shanghai.

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