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Development  Social  Policy

Development social Policy and Community Action
Lessons from below

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  • 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.

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Format : 240mm x 168mm
Pages : 256
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2551-0
Publish Year : November 2017
Rights : World Rights
Price R 230.00
Bikopil

Biko
Philosophy, Identity and Liberation

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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.

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Format : 235mm x 168mm
Pages : 320
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2571-8
Publish Year : September 2017
Rights : World Rights
Price R 220.00
Mimms

Monitoring Maternal and Child Morbidity and Mortality in South Africa
Strengthening surveillance strategies

In the last decade, South Africa has made significant progress in reducing child and maternal mortality rates. Although progress has been made in improving levels of maternal and child morbidity and mortality, it is important to indicate that data used are based on varied sources and systems that sometimes yield conflicting data.

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Format : 235mm x 168mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 224
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2536-7
Publish Year : March 2018
Rights : World Rights
Price R 295
Moral Eyes

Moral Eyes
Youth and justice in Cameroon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and South Africa

Moral Eyes is based on interviews with university students in four African countries: Cameroon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and South Africa. Each country exemplifies a distinctive axis of discrimination and privilege—religion, language, ethnicity, and race—though with a good deal of intersectional overlap. The authors use the interviews to theorise about deep issues of injustice, history, and restitution. 

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Format : 240mm x 168mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 176
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2511-4
Publish Year : March 2018
Rights : World Rights
Price R 190