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The 1% And The Rest Of Us: A Political Economy of Dominant Ownership

Author:    Tim Di Muzio

Publication month & year:  July 2015

ISBN (soft cover):    978-1-928246-04-6

Format:    Demy (216 mm x 138 mm)

Extent:    256

Price:    R260

Rights:    Southern African Rights

About the book

The Occupy movement managed to draw global attention to the massive disparity of income, wealth and privilege held by 1% of the population in nations across the world. In The 1% and the Rest of Us, Tim Di Muzio explores what it means to be part of a socio-economic order presided over by the super-rich and their political servants.

Incorporating provocative and original arguments about philanthropy, social wealth and the political role of the super-rich Di Muzio reveals how the 1% are creating a world unto themselves in which the accumulation of ever more money is really a symbolic drive to control society and the natural environment.

A timely and innovative book that provides readers with the first global political economy of the 1%, while demonstrating how resistance can continue to challenge their rule.

Endorsements

‘Tim Di Muzio debunks the radically antisocial belief that wealth is the sole result of individual efforts and talents. His contribution is novel and original, but it is also a significant part of a growing clamour for change.’

Danny Dorling, author of Inequality and the 1% and Population 10 Billion.

‘Capital is power, wealth is social, the rich are undeserving, growth is unsustainable. In this timely book Di Muzio takes aim not only at the emergence of a global super rich, but also at the ideologies of wealth generation that keep them in their place and us in ours – an indignant call to put people and planet above profit and status.’

Amin Samman, City University London.

‘This compelling and original work is a must read: it brilliantly illuminates a world dominated by a tiny, immensely powerful ruling class who have accumulated enormous wealth, even during the global economic crisis. It explains why and how that has happened , who they are, and not least how such plutocratic power can be resisted and transformed to better serve the majority of people on the planet.’

Stephen Gill, York University, Toronto.

 

Putin and the Oligarch: The Khodorkovsky-Yukos Affair

Author:    Richard Sakwa

Publication month & year:  August 2015

ISBN (soft cover):    978-1-928246-03-9

Format:    240 mm x 168 mm

Extent:    336

Price:    R270

Rights:    Southern African Rights

About the book

The arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the head of the Yukos oil company, in October 2003, was a key turning point in modern Russian history. From being one of the world’s richest and most powerful men, Khodorkovsky became Putin’s prisoner. After two controversial trials, attracting widespread international condemnation (revealing accounts of which feature in the book) Khodorkovsky was sentenced to fourteen years in jail. In this book, Richard Sakwa examines the rise and fall of Yukos and considers the relationship between Putin’s state and big business during Russia’s traumatic shift from the Soviet planned economy to capitalism, as well as Russia’s emergence as an energy superpower. The attack on Khodorkovsky had – and continues to have – far-reaching political and economic consequences but it also raises fundamental questions about the quality of freedom in Putin’s Russia as well as in the world at large. In addition the author delves into the writings of Mr. Khodorkovsky in prison which show him to be a thoughtful critic of Russian reality.

Endorsements

‘Only Richard Sakwa, with his unrivalled detailed knowledge of contemporary Russia, would be able to respond so quickly to Khodorkovsky’s unexpected early release from prison with such a comprehensive account of his life to date, combined with a penetrating analysis of the significance of this crucial personality.’

Bill Bowring, author of Law, Rights and Ideology in Russia: Landmarks in the Destiny of a Great Power.

‘Richard Sakwa has provided a lively, balanced, and insightful account of the rise, fall, and regeneration of one of Russia’s richest men and his confrontation with the country’s leader.’

Peter H. Solomon, Jr., University of Toronto.

‘... the best account yet of Khodorkovsky’s rise, fall and metamorphosis ...’Mark Galeotti, Professor of Global Affairs, New York University.

Mark Galeotti, Professor of Global Affairs, New York University.

 

Men’s Pathways to Parenthood: Silence and Heterosexual Gendered Norms

Authors:    Tracy Morison and Catriona Macleod

Publication month & year:  July 2015

ISBN (soft cover):    978-0-7969-2503-9

Format:    240 mm x 168 mm

Extent:    208

Price:    R190

Rights:    World Rights

About the book

How does the decision to become a parent unfold for heterosexual men? Is becoming a father a ‘decision’ at all or a series of events? These questions are the starting point for this critical book, in which the authors unravel the social and interpersonal processes – shaped by deeply entrenched socio-cultural norms – that come to bear on parenthood decision-making in the South African context.

Drawing on the narratives of white, Afrikaans women and men, Men’s Pathways to Parenthood uses an innovative discursive method to illuminate the roles masculinity, whiteness, class, and heteronormativity play in these accounts. Men’s Pathways to Parenthood addresses an under-researched topic in gender studies – namely, men and reproductive decision making – and will be an important resource for scholars in gender studies, sexualities, and reproductive health, as well as those interested in innovative approaches to discursive research.

Endorsements

‘This book provides a sophisticated analysis in the under-researched area of the part men play in reproductive “decisions”. It offers valuable insights through the innovative synthesising of the theorisation of gender performativity with a narrative-discursive methodological approach. This synthesis leads to a persuasive, rich and nuanced account of the data that enables links to be made between macro and micro contexts, and offers a substantial consideration of power, as well as the potential for change. What is particularly telling is the analysis of “noise” used to conceal the “veiled silences” that surrounded an inability to construct stories of choice in male reproductive decisions. This book makes an excellent contribution to the literature in gender studies, sexualities, reproduction and critical psychology.’

Sally Johnson, Senior Lecturer, Division of Psychology, University of Bradford.

‘This book deals with the neglected topic of men’s roles in decisions about having children. It contributes significantly to building a knowledge base around the intricacies and complexities (including the silences) associated with male parenthood and decision making in the South African context and beyond. The work showcases innovative critical methodology, developing performativity theory, discursive psychology, and narrative methods. The authors provide a nuanced and compelling analysis that highlights the roles of changing gender norms, whiteness, and heteronormativity in shaping their research participants’ accounts. The book presents valuable findings that will be relevant to researchers and practitioners studying families and reproduction outside of hetero-patriarchal norms.’

Carien Lubbe-De Beer, Chair, Gender and Sexuality Division, Psychological Society of South Africa.

 

Popular Politics in SA Cities: Unpacking Community Participation

Volume Editor:    Claire Benit-Gbaffou

Publication month & year:  July 2015

ISBN (soft cover):    978-0-7969-2464-3

Format:    240 mm x 168 mm

Extent:    304

Price:    R270

Rights:    World Rights

About the book

Community meetings seldom lead to significant change in urban policies, and have been accused of being sterile, sedative, or manipulative. This book starts from a simple question: why do people then continue to participate in these meetings, sometimes massively, and on a regular basis? Authors from a variety of disciplines explore the multiple roles of these ‘invited’ spaces of participation. From consolidation of individual social status and networks, to the construction and framing of the local ‘community’, the display of political or group loyalties and maintenance
of clientelist exchange, access to information, rumors or gossip but also forms of education on who and what is the state, invited spaces of participation are also, crucially, places of emergence of collective awareness, through shared expressions of frustration, that can lead to political mobilisation and other, less institutionalised forms of participation. This book, unpacking community politics and rethinking the complex articulations between ‘invited’ and ‘invented’ spaces of participation, is of relevance for international and national audiences interested in urban governance and local democracy.