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  • Friedman asserts that democracies can only work when every adult has an equal say in the public decisions that affect them. From this point of view, democracies are not finished products and some nations in the global South may be more democratic than their Northern counterparts. ...

    More about: Power in Action
  • This book is the first study to probe the primary features, and possible effects, of some major literary genres as they pertain to elephants south of the Zambezi over three centuries: indigenous forms, early European travelogues, hunting accounts, novels, game ranger memoirs, scientists’ accounts, and poems. ...

    More about: Death and Compassion
  • The most significant nonfiction writings of Zoë Wicomb, one of South Africa’s leading authors and intellectuals, are collected here for the first time in a single volume. In these essays, written between 1990 and 2013, Wicomb offers insight on her nation’s history, policies, and people. ...

    More about: Race, Nation, Translation
  • This book studies, for the first time, the conflicts between the ANC and the Inkatha Freedom Party that took place in South Africa’s industrial heartland surrounding Johannesburg. Challenging the prevailing narrative which attributes the bulk of the violence to a joint state security force and IFP assault against ANC supporters, the author argues for a more expansive approach that incorporat ...

    More about: Township Violence and the End of Apartheid
  • 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. ...

    More about: The Politics of Custom
  • 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. ...

    More about: I Want to go Home Forever
  • 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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Wits University Press author is the winner of ASSAf’s 2018 Humanities Book Award

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Wits University Press author Prof N. Chabani Manganyi is the Winner of ASSAf’s Humanities Book Award for his book Apartheid and the Making of a Black Psychologist: A Memoir Apartheid and the Making of a Black Psychologist The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has announced that the winner of its biennial Humanities Book […]

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 […]

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