The stars in our eyes

Representations of the Square Kilometre Array telescope in the South African media

Author:     Michael Gastrow
Pub month and year:     November 2017
ISBN soft cover:     978-0-7969-2547-3
Format:     235 x 168 mm
Extent:     256 pages
Rights:    World Rights

About the book
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope is set to become the largest telescope on Earth, and also the largest science project in Africa. From September 2011 to August 2012, the SKA featured regularly in the South African media. In The stars in our eyes, author Michael Gastrow dissects the representation of the SKA in the South African media in the period under discussion. Who were the main actors in this unfolding narrative? Who held the stage and who were marginalised? Where did gatekeeping occur and why? What was the relationship between journalists and scientists? How did the story unfold in the social media as opposed to the print media? Drawing on mass communication theory and science communication theory, The stars in our eyes: Representations of the Square Kilometre Array telescope in the South African media addresses critical gaps in the literature on science communication, particularly with respect to science communication in an African context.

Development, social policy and community action

Lessons from below

Edited by:    Leila Patel and Marianne S. Ulriksen
Pub month and year:     December 2017
ISBN soft cover:     978-0-7969-2551-0 
Format:    240 x 168 mm 
Extent:    256 pages 
Rights:     World Rights

About the book
Development, social policy and community action: Lessons from below explores how government assistance, through social grants and services, as well as community support mechanisms provide solutions to citizens in poor communities and the ways in which the citizens perceive and make use of such interventions. Solutions to poverty and inequality are often designed, implemented and evaluated in a top-down manner, thereby disregarding the views and agency of the poor citizens themselves - this book addresses that gap.

Based on research conducted in the urban area of Doornkop, Soweto, this insightful study broadens our understanding of citizen-community-state interactions in disadvantaged, urban communities in South Africa by using a range of different methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives. It points to the need for more nuanced policy strategies and interventions, pertinent to local challenges which also resonate with the global search for solutions in similar contexts. This book also provides a case for conducting community-based research that could support communities in their efforts to effect positive change.

Divided Country

The History of South African Cricket Retold - 1914-1950

Author:      André Odendaal, Krish Reddy, Andrew Samson
Pub month and year:     February 2018
ISBN soft cover:     978-1-928246-16-9
Publisher:    BestRed
Format:     235 x 168 mm
Extent:     512 pages
Rights:    Southern African rights [Zed Books]

About the book
Divided Country explains how segregation and apartheid became entrenched in a unique way in cricket in South Africa between 1915 and the 1950s. While the rest of the cricket world increasingly rubbed out old dividing lines, South Africa reinforced them until seven different South Africas existed at the same time in cricket. Each of them claimed the title ‘South Africa’ and ‘national’. Each ran leagues and provincial competitions and chose national teams.

This book continues the task started by Cricket and Conquest (2017), which re-wrote the foundational narratives of cricket in southern Africa between 1795 and 1914. One reviewer noted it was ‘simply the finest book ever written about sport in South Africa’. Another that it had the effect of ‘bowling over prevailing histories, de-colonising existing narratives of the game … *and+ throwing all that came before into a spin’ so that ‘what was will never be the same’. Divided Country similarly attempts to paint an entirely new picture of cricket in South Africa during a crucial and complex period. It completely inverts previous whites-only general histories of cricket, showing that the game has an infinitely richer history than has been recorded to date.

Without knowing how apartheid in cricket unfolded, one cannot even begin to understand the journey the country has travelled since the 1950s, and how, slowly, painstakingly, the cricket unity we take for granted today was struggled for and constructed. This will be the explosive theme of Volume 3 of this series.

The Lone Wolves Legion

Terrorism, Colonialism and capital

Author:      Peter Knoope
Pub month and year:     March 2018
ISBN soft cover:     978-1-928246-28-2
Publisher:    BestRed
Format:     210 x 148 mm
Extent:     160 pages
Rights:    Southern African rights [Zed Books]

About the book
Since 2011, attacks that sow terror in the hearts of people all over the world have increased significantly, both in their frequency and intensity. Victims of these attacks have also increased, in the West and, more specifically, elsewhere in the world. Is there indeed a war of terror, as many political leaders would have the world believe?

Endorsement 1
‘In his examination of the relationship between the West and the rest of the world, the author turns many dearly held Western assumptions on their heads. Peter Knoope convincingly shows the fundamental differences over key concepts such as existence, time, development and violence.’ - Prof. Bob de Graaf, senior lecturer in Intelligence and Security Studies at Utrecht University

Endorsement 2
‘Highly recommended for anyone wanting to explore the notion of security.” - Fulco van Deventer, founding member of the Human Security Collective