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  • Shaping markets through competition and economic regulation is at the heart of addressing the development challenges facing countries in southern Africa. The contributors to Competition Law and Economic Regulation: Addressing Market Power in southern Africa critically assess the efficacy of the competition and economic regulation frameworks, including the impact of a number of the regional competi ...

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  • In Healing the Exposed Being, Robert Thornton presents a new vocabulary and ontology for understanding fundamental concepts of a regional version of the Ngoma cult, found throughout the Bantu language-speaking areas of Africa. He is thus able to provide a more integrated anthropological account of beliefs and practices that have survived from pre-colonial to postcolonial times, describing them in ...

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  • Multilingualism and Intercultural Communication looks changing sociolinguistic dynamics that have influenced South African society. The scope of this book ranges from macro-sociolinguistic questions pertaining to language policies and their implementation (or non-implementation) to micro-sociolinguistic observations of actual language-use in verbal interaction, mainly in multilingual contexts of H ...

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  • How do individuals and organisations move beyond the boundaries of constitutional or legal constructs to challenge neoliberalism and capitalism? As major urban areas have become the principal sites of poor and working-class social upheaval in the early twenty-first century, the chapters in this book explore key cities in the Global South. Through detailed case studies, Urban Revolt unravels the po ...

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  • In this book, renowned anthropologists Jean and John L. Comaroff make a startling but absolutely convincing claim about our modern era: it is not by our arts, our politics, or our science that we understand ourselves—it is by our crimes. Surveying an astonishing range of forms of crime and policing—from petty thefts to the multibillion-dollar scams of too-big-to-fail financial institutions to ...

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  • Recognition is an exciting new anthology of short stories containing stories by twenty-two South African writers ranging from the 1920s to the twentyfirst century. It builds on its predecessor, Encounters, but devotes significant attention to the transitional and post-apartheid years: almost half the stories were published after 1994. ...

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  • In Critique of Black Reason eminent critic Achille Mbembe offers a capacious genealogy of the category of Blackness—from the Atlantic slave trade to the present—to critically reevaluate history, racism, and the future of humanity. ...

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  • This story of an ANC elder is a rigorously researched historical record overlaid with intensely personal reflections which intersect with the political narrative. Above all, it is one man’s story, set in the maelstrom of the liberation struggle. ...

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  • Across Africa the narrative of “Africa rising” has taken root in a burgeoning middle class. Ambitious and increasingly affluent, this group symbolizes the values and hopes of the new Africa, and they are regarded as important agents of both economic development and democratic change. This narrative, however, obscures the complex and often ambiguous role that this group actually plays in Afric ...

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  • Remains of the Social is an interdisciplinary volume of essays that engages with what ‘the social’ might mean after apartheid; a condition referred to as ‘the post-apartheid social’. The volume grapples with apartheid as a global phenomenon that extends beyond the borders of South Africa between 1948 and 1994 and foregrounds the tension between the weight of lived experience that was and i ...

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Two Wits Press titles included on the Longlist of the Alan Paton 2017 awards!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

   Wits Press has two titles selected for the Long List of the Alan Paton Award 2017. They are: Apartheid and The Making of a Black Psychologist: A Memoir, N. Chabani Manganyi (Wits University Press) and Learning Zulu: A Secret History of Language in South Africa, Mark Sanders (Wits University Press) Congratulations to Chabani Manganyi […]

Three Wits University Press publications triumph in their categories at the annual Humanities and Social Sciences Book Awards!

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

      Wits University Press is delighted to announce that  three of the Press’ publications won awards in their categories at the annual Humanities and Social Sciences Book Awards. The HSS awards were presented on 29 March 2017 at a lavish event at the offices of the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences […]

Wits University Press boasts 5 finalists for the Humanities and Social Sciences Book Awards 2017

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

         Wits University Press has 5 finalists for the  Humanities and Social Sciences Book Awards 2017 The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) Award winners will be announced in Johannesburg on Wednesday 29 March 2017. The awards are aimed at recognising and awarding outstanding, innovative and socially responsible scholarship that enhance […]

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