New HSRC Publications

Finding place and keeping pace

Editors:    Shireen Motala, Veerle Dieltiens and Yusuf Sayed
Pub month, year:    January 2013
ISBN (soft cover):    978-0-7969-2401-8
Format:    240 x 168 mm
Extent:    240 pages
Price:    R280.00 ($30.95; €26.00)
Rights:    World Rights

Getting access to, and completing basic education in South Africa, is the focus of Finding Place and Keeping Pace. It is based on research conducted for the Consortium on Research in Education Access, Transition and Equity (CREATE), an international study funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, which was led by Professor Keith Lewin of Sussex University.

The book showcases a rich body of research dealing with educational access, inclusion and exclusion and provides a critical appraisal of how far South Africa has come in terms of achieving the Millennium Development and Education For All goals in terms of access and quality indicators.
‘… essential reading for South Africans who wish to change the system.’ Crain Soudien (Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town)

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Governing cities in Africa

Editors:    Simon Bekker and Laurent Fourchard
Pub month, year:    January 2013
ISBN (soft cover):    978-0-7969-2416-2
Format:    240 x 168 mm
Extent:    224 pages
Price:    R220.00 ($24.95; €21.00)
Rights:    World Rights

Rather than chapters focussing on single cities, Governing Cities in Africa employs a novel approach: cities in sub-Saharan Africa provide the pivot around which issues of policy and practice, planning and service delivery turn, at different scales and both from the top down as well as from the bottom up. Party politics, for example, is discussed at city level and urban security both within a state and a non-state context. An invaluable opening section offers brief yet insightful profiles of the 18 cities as well as detailed maps.

‘ … a rare kind of book, based on deep empirical knowledge and complex theoretical reflection.’ Jennifer Robinson (Professor of Geography, University College, London)

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Academic interaction with social partners

Authors:    Glenda Kruss, Genevieve Haupt, Mariette Visser, Mogau Aphane
Pub month, year:    October 2012
ISBN (soft cover):    978-0-7969-2389-9
Format:    240 x 168 mm
Extent:    312 pages
Price:    R220.00 ($25.95; €22.00)
Rights:    World Rights

A lively debate is emerging, centering on the relationship between the university and society in a developing country like South Africa. Academic Interaction with Social Partners looks at the main results of a research study on university interaction with external social partners conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) on behalf of the National Research Foundation (NRF). Academic Interaction with Social Partners focuses on issues such as whether engagement requires new forms of knowledge that differ from traditional academic modes, as well as asking who is defined as “the community” – at local, regional, national or international levels. There is general agreement that the field is conceptually under-specified and theoretically thin and the book is therefore a welcome contribution.

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