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  • How are we to explain the resurgence of customary chiefs in contemporary Africa? This pathbreaking volume, edited by anthropologists John L. Comaroff and Jean Comaroff, explores the reasons behind the increasingly assertive politics of custom in many corners of Africa. ...

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  • Through interviews with 13 long-term residents and new arrivals to Africa’s booming metropolis of Johannesburg and its surrounding province, I want to go home forever shares migrants’ stories of hope for a better life along with feelings of deep disillusionment in the face of everyday brutalisation and poverty. ...

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  • Ulwembu is a play that explores the effects of addiction not only on those who suffer from it but on communities, families and the police, both those who try to control the murderous trade and those who benefit from it. ...

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  • In Dress as Social Relations Vibeke Maria Viestad challenges this myth of the nearly naked Bushman and provides an interdisciplinary study of Bushman dress, as it is represented in the archives and material culture of historical Bushman communities. Maintaining a critical perspective, Viestad provides an interpretation of the significance of dress for historical Bushman people. ...

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  • For the first time available to the public in book form, Shadow State is the comprehensively revised version of the explosive report that was made public in 2017, called Betrayal of the Promise: How South Africa Is Being Stolen. Shadow State and the report on which it is based mark a key moment in South Africa’s most recent struggle for democracy and is the definitive book on the issue of stat ...

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  • Across the world, 2 billion experience menstruation, yet menstruation is seen as a mark of shame. In It’s Only Blood Anna Dahlqvist tells the shocking but always moving stories of why and how people from Sweden to Bangladesh, from the United States to Uganda, are fighting back against the shame. ...

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  • In Reinventing Hoodia, Laura Foster explores how the plant was reinvented through patent ownership, pharmaceutical research, the self-determination efforts of indigenous San peoples, contractual benefit sharing, commercial development as an herbal supplement, and bioprospecting legislation. ...

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  • Is surveillance used for the democratic purpose of making people safer, or is it being used for the repressive purpose of social control, especially of those considered to be politically threatening to ruling interests? In this book, Jane Duncan questions the extent to which South Africa is becoming a surveillance society governed by a surveillance state ...

    More about: Stopping the Spies
  • Writing the Ancestral River is an illuminating biography of the Kowie River in the Eastern Cape. By focusing on this ‘little’ river, the book raises larger questions about colonialism, capitalism, ‘development’ and ecology, and asks us to consider the connections between social and environmental injustice. ...

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  • In this ambitious new history of the antiapartheid struggle, Jon Soske places India and the Indian diaspora at the center of the African National Congress’s development of an inclusive philosophy of nationalism. ...

    More about: Internal Frontiers


New USA distributor for Wits University Press  & digital distribution networks in place

Monday, May 21st, 2018

We are delighted to announce that New York University Press is from April 2018 handling the sales, marketing, and distribution services for Wits University Press publications in North and South America. Wits Press publications should be available for digital and print distribution in the US by June 2018. Veronica Klipp, publisher of Wits Press said, […]

Wits University Press is sad to announce the sudden and tragic passing of author Michael Wessels

Monday, April 16th, 2018

We have heard of the sudden and tragic passing of author Michael Wessels, Chairperson of the Department of English in the Faculty of Arts at the University of the Western Cape, on Friday April 13th. He was a meticulous scholar and one of the early researchers pioneering the field of the !Xam narrative through the […]

Wits Press book on Sol Plaatje and the land issue wins the Non-fiction Edited Volume category at the 2018 HSS awards

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa: Past and Present  (Wits University Press 2016) has won the Non-fiction Edited Volume category at the annual National Institute of Humanities & Social Sciences (NIHSS) Awards ceremony. The prize was awarded at a sparkling event at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg on Thursday, 15 March. It won the […]

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