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The Other Side of Freedom

Stories of Hope and Loss in the South African Liberation Struggle, 1950–1994

Authors: Gregory Houston, Shepi Mati, Hangwelani Magidimisha, Elmé Vivier and Mojalefa Dipholo
Pub month and year: March 2017
ISBN soft cover: 978-0-7969-2557-2
Format: 240 x 168 mm
Extent: 308 pages
Rights: World Rights

About the book

The Other Side of Freedom: Stories of Hope and Loss in South African Liberation Struggle 1950–1994 presents a compilation of 26 profiles of a diverse selection of activists and leaders in the liberation struggle. The stories present a better and fuller portrait of the nature of the struggle for freedom – the untold story or the other side of freedom.

The book presents a deeper understanding of the liberation struggle beyond what we already know. A common theme in a significant number of the stories is the disappearance of the values that underpinned the liberation struggle which led many to make the sacrifices that led to freedom.

These values encapsulated in the history of the liberation struggle and its relationship to our current context of poverty and inequality are more relevant now than ever.

Price - R350.00

Competition in Africa

Insights from Key Industries

Author/Editor:
 Simon Roberts
Pub month and year:
 February 2017
ISBN soft cover:
978-0-7969-2545-9
Format:
240 x 168mm
Extent:
176 pages
Rights:
 World Rights

About the book

The nature of competitive rivalry, and the power and interests of large firms and their owners, is at the heart of how countries develop.  Competition authorities and economic regulators are critical institutions in restraining the market power of firms while at the same time taking into account the need to incentivise investment.

Competition in Africa maps out key issues in competition through four key industry studies across Southern and East Africa. It considers the nature and extent of market power, the development of large firms, their production, investment and the prices of products across countries.

Competition authorities have now been established in many African countries in order to counter anti-competitive conduct and the implications of industrial policies; however, it is critical to understand the regional scope of the operations of companies to assess the possible effect of these within individual countries. This thought-provoking book brings together these insights in a way that no other publication has.

‘Why are consumers in often poor developing countries paying exorbitant prices for basic necessities of life? This invaluable book provides a unique window into questions such as this that bedevil policy-makers.’ - Prof Eleanor Fox, Walter J. Derenburg Professor of Trade Regulation, New York University

‘These analyses of cement, sugar, and poultry are the kind of studies that lead competition authorities to look at particular industries in particular ways. The excellent research here is cutting-edge, collaborative and cross-country.’ - Prof Jonathan Klaaren, University of the Witwatersrand

Price - R280.00

Postcolonial African Anthropologies

Postcolonial African Anthropologies

Author: Edited by Rosabelle Boswell and Francis Nyamnjoh
Pub month and year: March 2017
ISBN soft cover: 978-0-7969-2569-5
Format: 240 x 168 mm
Extent: 256 pages
Rights: World Rights

About the book
Postcolonial African Anthropologies showcases a selection of recent African ethnographies and critically discusses anthropology’s engagement with decolonisation and postcolonialism. The ethnographies in the book show that contemporary anthropology in Africa is dynamic and deeply self-reflexive, engaging issues of power and life in Africa and its nearby diaspora in multi-vocal and diverse ways.

The book offers insight into gender relations in southern Africa, the politics of healing and mutual support, identity in North Africa, the intellectual relationship between India and Africa and cultural continuities in Indian Ocean Africa. This book then, offers a timely and important discussion on Africa and in particular, a ‘postcolonial’ Africa to understand the position of anthropologists, the position of Africans and the positioning of the discipline of anthropology in Africa.

Price - R350.00

Rethinking Reconciliation

Evidence from South Africa

Authors: Kate Lefko-Everett, Rajen Govender & Don Foster
Pub month and year: 
March 2017
ISBN soft cover:
978-0-7969-2554-1
Format:
240 x 168mm
Extent:
384 pages
Rights:
 World Rights

About the book

Following the peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy in 1994, South Africa has become a world-renowned model of successful transition in post-conflict societies. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has inspired, and provided the foundation for, truth commissions in many other countries, based on the principles of restorative rather than retributive justice.

However, life in South Africa also provides daily reminders that some places and people are fundamentally unchanged, and that the legacies and ‘unfinished business’ of the apartheid past remain intact. The reconciliatory project seems to have completely fallen away from the national agenda, and many of the TRC’s recommendations remain unimplemented and unrealised. Has reconciliation been successful? Do South Africans feel reconciled? What is the way forward?

This book brings together leading social scientists and researchers to critically interrogate the success of the reconciliatory project, using ten years of public opinion data collected by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) through the South African Reconciliation Barometer survey. Offering new and unique insights into contemporary South African society, it will be of particular relevance to the field of transitional justice and post-conflict studies, including universities and students, researchers, policy-makers and the civil society sector.

Price - R350.00

BESTRED - China in Africa

In Zheng He’s Footsteps

Author: Li Xinfeng | Translation: Shelly Bryant
Pub month and year:
January 2017
ISBN soft cover:
978-1-9282-4610-7
Publisher:
 BestRed
Format:
210 x 148 mm
Extent:
352 pages
Rights:
World Rights

About the book

The years Li Xinfeng spent as a Chinese correspondent in South Africa are evident in the insights he shares in China in Africa: In Zheng He’s Footsteps – the narrative of his research into the traces left by the famed navigator during his travels in and around Africa. Beginning on Kenya’s Pate Island, Li’s research led him to travel around much of the southern part of the African continent, searching for signs that Zheng He’s fleet had been there some six centuries earlier.

China in Africa: In Zheng He’s Footsteps is more than just one person’s quest to retrace the journey of an alluring historical figure, shrouded in legend:  Zheng He has become an important symbol for the Chinese people and the world of peace-loving cultural exchange in general. Li’s comprehensive research into the African travels of this iconic figure presents a challenge to the postcolonial world, highlighting the stark contrast between colonising and fair exchange for mutual benefit. A consistent thread in the narrative is how best to respond to the challenge of overturning the exploitation of colonial relationships with friendly collaboration in modern times.

Price - R350.00

BESTRED - Another Country

Everyday Social Restitution

Author: Sharlene Swartz
Pub month and year:
October 2016
ISBN soft cover:
978-1-9282-4611-4
Publisher:
BestRed
Format:
210 x 148 mm
Extent:
352 pages
Rights:
 World Rights

About the book

In Another Country: Everyday Social Restitution, author Sharlene Swartz relates Black South Africans’ experiences of dehumanising racism alongside White South African’s shame for the past and anxiety for the future. She introduces the concept of ‘social restitution’, understood as the actions and attitudes that everyday people can undertake in dialogue with each other to ‘make things right’, and offers new ideas about restitution based on reflection with ordinary South Africans. This book offers stories, ideas and strong theories for how South Africa can be Another Country in our lifetime, with transferable insights for all contexts where injustice has occurred.

A book Black and White South Africans must read together. Swartz has answered Steve Biko’s call for a new consciousness among Whites and Blacks al - Xolela Mangcu, sociology professor

What a breath of sorely needed fresh air – a timely call to everyday, no-strings-attached restitution, guided by sustained, humble conversations with those dishonoured by Apartheid. - Wilhelm Verwoerd, peace builder
When last did we hear anybody talk about a just society, a better life for everybody, suggesting that enough was a feast? One of the most insightful suggestions is that inheritance should be more widely shared. - Antjie Krog, author and poet

Price - R320.00