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Africa In Focus
Governance in the 21st century
Kwandiwe Kondlo, Chinenyengozi Ejiogu

The Africa in Focus series is an initiative of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) that creates a forum for African scholars to frame research questions and examine critical issues affecting the African continent in the 21st century. The series should inspire robust debate to help inform the orientation of public policy in Africa.

Format168mm x 240mm (Soft Cover)
Pages400
ISBN 100-7969-2344-2
ISBN 13978-07969-2344-8
Publish Year2011
RightsWorld Rights

Price:    R 295.00


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PodcastOn May 25, Africa Day, the HSRC Press launched the first book in its “Africa in Focus” series, entitled, Governance in the 21st Century. The book launch opened with a captivating demonstration of indigenous African instruments by South African musician Pops Mohammed. Here Pops introduces the mouth bow of the San people and the “Honey Song”. Legend has it that the song, played on the mouthbow, effectively lulls the bees into a relaxed state so that the San can reach in and harvest honey from the hive.

African Languages in a Digital Age
African Languages in a Digital Age
Challenges and opportunities for indigenous language computing
Don Osborn

With increasing numbers of computers and diffusion of the internet around the world, localisation of the technology and the content it carries into the many languages people speak is becoming an ever more important area for discussion and action. Localisation, simply put, includes translation and cultural adaptation of user interfaces and software applications, as well as the creation and translation of internet content in diverse languages. It is essential in making information and communication technology more accessible to the populations of the poorer countries, increasing its relevance to their lives, needs, and aspirations, and ultimately in bridging the ‘digital divide’. Localisation is a new and growing field of inquiry. This book identifies issues, concerns, priorities, and lines of research and is intended as a baseline study in defining localisation in Africa and how it is important for development and education in the long term. Techies, geeks, P2P experts, etc. as well as researchers and development organizations, this book is for you.

Format168mm x 235mm (Soft Cover)
Pages176
ISBN 100-7969-2249-7
ISBN 13978-07969-2249-6
Publish Year2010
RightsWorld Rights

Price:    R 145.00


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African Parliaments
African Parliaments
Between governance and government
MA Mohammed Salih (ed)
African Parliaments offers an indepth analysis of parliamentary development in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on the continent's post 1990s democratic resurgence. In particular, it illustrates how African parliaments struggle to serve as part of the machinery of government while exercising the function of holding government accountable.
Format210mm x 148mm (Soft Cover)
Pages306
ISBN 100-7969-2169-5
ISBN 13978-07969-2169-7
Publish Year2006
RightsAfrica Rights Only

Price:    R 214.00


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Biko
Biko
Philosophy, Identity and Liberation
Mabogo Percy More
Biko was not only considered a ‘brilliant political theorist’, but is also considered ‘a formidable and articulate philosopher’. Biko was not simply and merely a philosopher in the manner in which Immanuel Kant was a philosopher, but a philosopher of a special kind, an important Africana existential philosopher. From Biko’s writings, speeches and interviews, Mabogo More’s view is that, philosophy is not a disembodied system of ideas nor is it a mechanical reflection about the world; rather, it is a way of existing and acting. To be a philosopher, especially an Africana existential philosopher, is not just to hold certain views, it is a way of perceiving and a way of being in the world, what Biko himself describes as ‘a way of life’. This important perspective on Biko would be of value to many Africana philosophers of existence, African philosophers, political and social thinkers, social scientists, psychologists, cultural critics, political activists, students, critical race theorists and anyone interested in the ideas that Biko presents.
Format168mm x 235mm
Pages320
ISBN 13 978-0-7969-2571-8
Publish YearSeptember 2017
RightsWorld Rights

Price:    R 220.00


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Capital Cities in Africa
Capital Cities in Africa
Power and powerlessness
Simon Bekker, Göran Therborn

Capital cities today remain central to both nations and states. They host centres of political power, not only national, but in some cases regional and global as well, thus offering major avenues to success, wealth and privilege. For these reasons capitals simultaneously become centres of 'counter-power', locations of high-stakes struggles between the government and the opposition.

Format168mm x 240mm (Soft Cover)
Pages264
ISBN 10978-07969-2350-9
ISBN 13978-07969-2350-9
Publish Year2011

Price:    R 250.00


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Contested Ecologies
Contested Ecologies
Dialogues in the South on Nature and Knowledge
Lesley Green

Contested Ecologies: Reimagining the Nature-culture Divide in the Global South offers an intervention in the conversations on ecology and on coloniality, and on the ways in which modern thinking, with its bifurcation of nature and culture, constitutes ‘ecology’ within a very particular politics of the cosmos.

Format168mm x 235mm (Soft Cover)
Pages304
ISBN 13978-07969-2428-5
Publish YearOpen Access available � September 2013
RightsWorld Rights

Price:    R 280.00


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Crisis! What Crisis?
Crisis! What Crisis?
The multiple dimensions of the Zimbabwean crisis
Sarah Chiumbu, Muchaparara Musemwa

Crisis! What Crisis! The Multiple Dimensions of the Zimbabwean Crisis argues that the Zimbabwean crisis is in fact a series of crises. From infrastructural problems and disease to a depreciating currency and an increasing muscular militarism, the citizens of Zimbabwe have faced an ongoing struggle to survive. The book explores the resilience of a people as they navigate the multiple challenges they face in the country of their birth. In an inter-disciplinary approach, the authors of Crisis! What Crisis! engage with issues as diverse as resource politics and livelihoods, migration and disembedment, language, and humour to demonstrate the ingenious ways in which citizens mediate the crisis. Topically, the book explores how social media offers a subversive space that flies in the face of increasing restrictions placed on conventional media within Zimbabwe and the government’s aggressive efforts to suppress freedom of speech and spread their nationalist agenda. The book concludes with a sobering reflection on the past and what the future might hold.

Format235mm x 168mm (Soft Cover)
Pages288
ISBN 10978-07969-2383-7
ISBN 13978-07969-2383-7
Publish Year2012
RightsWorld Rights

Price:    R 395.00


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Democracy in Africa:
Democracy in Africa:
Moving beyond a difficult legacy
Roger Southall
This paper examines the political and socio-economic factors that influence democratisation throughout South Africa and the African continent. The emphasis is on the policies and impact of government, business and civil society in reducing inequality and poverty. Issues of community empowerment are also examined as a way to promote sustainable development.
Format210mm x 148mm
Pages72
ISBN 100-7969-2017-6
ISBN 13978-07969-2017-1
Publish Year2003

Price:    R 98.00


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Development social Policy and Community Action
Development social Policy and Community Action
Lessons from below
Leila Patel, Marianne S. Ulriksen
  • How do citizens in poor communities benefit from and perceive state interventions?
  • How do citizens in poor communities interact with others in the community to promote the well-being of themselves and their families?
  • What are the implications of the above for community based research, policy and practice?

Development, Social Policy and Community Action: Lessons from Below addresses these questions based on rigorous and multi-faceted research conducted in the poor, urban area of Doornkop, Soweto, using a range of different methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives that all broaden our understanding of citizen-community-state interactions in disadvantaged, urban communities in South Africa.

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. Addressing this gap, the authors explore how government assistance, through social grants and services, as well as community support mechanisms provide solutions to citizens in poor communities and the ways that the citizens perceive and make use of such interventions.

This research study 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. With a fresh perspective that addresses the interconnections between state interventions, community and citizens in sustainable social development, this book provides a case for the importance of conducting community-based research that effectively encourages research findings to support communities to effect positive change.

Format168mm x 240mm
Pages256
ISBN 13978-0-7969-2551-0
Publish YearNovember 2017
RightsWorld Rights

Price:    R 230.00


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An Encumbered Regional Power
An Encumbered Regional Power
The Capacity Gap in South Africa’s Peace Diplomacy in Africa
Peter Kagwanja

The main focus of this publication is the link between South Africa’s grand pan-African ambitions, especially in the area of peace, security and governance, and its own capacity to pursue these objectives. Specifically, the paper examines Pretoria’s involvement in Africa, and internal capacity to support its mediation, peacekeeping and strengthening the abilities of African institutions for peacemaking. Further, it examines the challenges posed by tension between its pan-African and economic interests as well as power rivalry at the continental level, which have greatly limited its ability to take a more assertive role in regional political and economic developments. It briefly describes South Africa’s relations within SADC and the AU, as well as with Zimbabwe and examines the challenges posed by the agendas of China and Africa’s former colonial powers.

Format148mm x 210mm (Soft Cover)
Pages40
ISBN 100-7969-2236-5
ISBN 13978-07969-2236-6
Publish Year2009
RightsWorld Rights

Price:    R 98.00


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Governing Cities in Africa
Governing Cities in Africa
Politics and Policies
Simon Bekker, Laurent Fourchard

Governing Cities in Africa Politics and Policies, Governing Cities in Africa, Cities in Africa, Politics and Policies in African Cities, Service delivery, policy and practice issues, Simon Bekker, Laurent Fourchard, Claire Benit-Gbaffou, Alain Dubresson, Karine Ginisty, Sylvy Jaglin, Ayodeji Olukoju, Sam Owuor, Jeanne Vivet, Séverine Awenengo, Hélène Charton, Odile Goerg, Denise Brégand, Rasheed Olaniyi, Amandine Spire, Liela Groenewald, Marie Huchzermeyer, Kristen Kornienko, Marius Tredoux, Margot Rubin, Isabel Raposo, Jeremy Grest Axel Baudouin, Camilla Bjerkli, Hélène Quénot-Suarez, Jean-Fabien Steck, Sophie Didier, Mariane.

Format168mm x 240mm (Soft Cover)
Pages224
ISBN 10978-07969-2416-2
ISBN 13978-07969-2416-2
Publish Year2013
Open Access available - July 2013
RightsWorld Rights

Price:    R 220.00


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Human Rights in African Prisons
Human Rights in African Prisons
Jeremy Sarkin (ed)

Even in western industrialised nations, civil and human rights often stop at the prison door. This book looks at the challenges African governments face in dealing with these issues. Written by some of the most eminent researchers from and on Africa, including the former Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.

Format168mm x 240mm (Soft Cover)
Pages256
ISBN 1007969-2206-3
ISBN 13978-07969-2206-9
Publish Year2008
RightsWorld Rights excl. North America

Price:    R 191.00


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Legacies of Power
Legacies of Power
Leadership change and former presidents in African politics
Roger Southall , Henning Melber (eds)
The contributors discuss the hybridal political systems that exist in post-independance Africa; the role allotted to or pursued by former African presidents; transitional politics and justice, and political stability. The book stimulates careful further observation and analyses concerning progress in this contested arena of institutionalised political power in Africa.
Format210mm x 148mm
Pages352
ISBN 100-7969-2102-2
ISBN 13978-07969-2120-8
Publish Year2006

Price:    R 220.00


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Media and Citizenship
Media and Citizenship
Between marginalisation and participation
Anthea Garman, Herman Wasserman
How central are the media to the functioning of democracy? Is democracy primarily about citizens using their vote? Does the expression of their voice necessarily empower citizens? Media and Citizenship challenges some assumptions about the relationship between the media and democracy in highly unequal societies like South Africa. In a post-apartheid society where an enfranchised majority is still unable to fundamentally practise their citizenship and experiences marginalisation on a daily basis, notions like listening and belonging may be more useful ways of thinking about the role of the media. In this context, protest is taken seriously as a form of political expression and the media’s role is foregrounded as actively seeking out the voices of those on the margins of society. Through a range of case studies, the contributors show how listening, both as a political concept and as a form of practice, has transformative and even radical potential for both emerging and established democracies.
Format168mm x 235mm (Soft Cover)
Pages256
ISBN 13978-0-7969-2556-5
Publish YearAugust 2017
RightsWorld Rights

Price:    R 250.00


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Mobilities, ICTs and marginality in Africa
Mobilities, ICTs and marginality in Africa
South Africa in comparative perspective
Francis Nyamnjoh, Ingrid Brudvig
Mobility has become a prominent feature in African societies: populations all over Africa are both mobile and politically and economically marginal. Yet these populations are actively engaged in maintaining social networks across localities. Mobilities, ICTs and marginality in Africa looks at the dramatic changes brought about in socially marginal populations by new ICTs in general and mobile phones in particular.
Format168mm x 240mm
Pages256
ISBN 13978-0-7969-2516-9
Publish YearMarch 2016
RightsWorld Rights

Price:    R 280.00


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