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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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Traditional Leaders and Local Government in Africa:
Traditional Leaders and Local Government in Africa:
Lessons for South Africa
Christiaan Keulder
The four case studies highlighted in this book deal with the issue of traditional leaders in post-independence governance. Contributing to the local government debate in South Africa, this book investigates, compares and analyses the role of traditional leaders in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.
Format210mm x 148mm
Pages327
ISBN 100-7969-1841-4
ISBN 13978-07969-1841-3
Publish Year1998

Price:    R 275.00


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Voices of Liberation
Voices of Liberation
Volume 1: Albert Lutuli
Gerald J Pillay
The struggle to free South Africa from its apartheid shackles was long and complex. One of the many ways in which the apartheid regime maintained its stranglehold in South Africa was through controlling the freedom of speech and the flow of information, in an effort to silence the voices of those who opposed it. United by the ideals of freedom and equality, but also nuanced by a wide variety of persuasions, the ‘voices of liberation’ were many: African nationalists, communists, trade-unionists, pan-Africanists, English liberals, human rights activists, Christians, Hindus, Muslims and Jews, to name but a few.
Format210mm x 148mm
Pages184
ISBN 100-7969-1356-0
ISBN 13978-07969-2356-1
Publish Year2012

Price:    R 145.00


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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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South Africa's role in conflict resolution and peacemaking in Africa
South Africa's role in conflict resolution and peacemaking in Africa
Conference proceedings
Roger Southall (ed)
Since its transition to democracy in 1994, South Africa has become increasingly drawn into the resolution of conflicts and the promotion of peace and stability on the wider African continent. This has followed from the high reputation of its own negotiated settlement as a model for other conflict torn countries to emulate, the iconic status of Nelson Mandela as a master of reconciliation and forgiveness, and not least the sense in Pretoria that South Africa has a moral obligation to ‘repay’ Africa for the sins of apartheid and that it has some considerable capacity, military and economic, to do so.
Format210mm x 148mm
Pages280
ISBN 100-7969-2129-6
ISBN 13978-07969-2129-1
Publish Year2006

Price:    R 220.00


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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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The Security-Development Nexus
The Security-Development Nexus
Expressions of Sovereignty and Securitization in Southern Africa
Lars Buur, Steffen Jensen, Finn Stepputat (eds)
The link between security and development has been rediscovered after 9/11 by a broad range of scholars. Focussing on southern Africa, The Security-Development Nexus shows that the much-debated linkage is by no means a recent invention. Rather, the security/development linkage has been an important element of the state policies of colonial as well as post-colonial regimes during the Cold War, and it seems to be prospering in new configurations under the present wave of democratic transitions.
Format210mm x 145mm
Pages288
ISBN 100-769-2184-9
ISBN 13978-07969-2184-0
Publish Year2007

Price:    R 191.00


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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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Saviours and Survivors
Saviours and Survivors
Darfur, Politics and the War on Terror
Mahmood Mamdani

From the author of the acclaimed Good Muslim, Bad Muslim, this is the first analysis of the crisis in Darfur to consider the events of the last few years within the context of Sudan’s history, and to critically examine the efficacy of the world’s response to the crisis.

Format148mm x 210mm (Soft Cover)
Pages416
ISBN 100-7969-2252-7
ISBN 13978-07969-2252-6
Publish Year2009
RightsSouthern Africa Rights Only

Price:    R 231.00


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PodcastIn this first segment of a five-part podcast package, the HSRC’s Suren Pillay introduces Professor Mahmood Mamdani, who looks at divergent claims on the number of people killed in the conflict.

Duration: 4 min 25 sec

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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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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Trade Unions and Party Politics
Trade Unions and Party Politics
Labour movements in Africa
Björn Beckman , Sakhela Buhlungu, Lloyd Sachikonye (eds)

In much of Africa, people look to trade unions for leadership, especially at times of economic downturn. Although Africa's wage-workers are relatively few in comparison to those in the informal economy, their experience of organisation and mass mobilisation and their position in the modern economy give them a strategic role in the politics of democratisation and development.

Format148mm x 198mm (Soft Cover)
Pages224
ISBN 100-7969-2306-X
ISBN 13978-07969-2306-6
Publish Year2010
RightsWorld Rights

Price:    R 191.00


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Africa In Focus
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.

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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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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