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  • Marikana_LR

    This gripping ethnographic account is the first comprehensive study of the struggles of South African miners to overcome not only the opposition of the plutocratic mine owners, but also the opposition of the entrenched union establishment, revealing how seemingly ordinary people became heroic figures who transformed their workplace and their country. ...

    More about: The Spirit of Marikana
  • Learning Zulu_HR

    “Why are you learning Zulu?” When Mark Sanders began studying the language, he was often asked this question. In Learning Zulu, Sanders places his own endeavors within a wider context to uncover how, in the past 150 years of South African history, Zulu became a battleground for issues of property, possession, and deprivation. Sanders combines elements of analysis and memoir to explore a comp ...

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    Students Must Rise marks the 40th anniversary of the June 16th uprisings. This book places that most famous of moments, the 1976 students’ uprising in Soweto, in a deeper historical and geographic context and also considers contemporary student-based political movements, including #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall ...

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  • facets-of-power-9781868149759-1200

    Facets of Power is the first comprehensive account of the emergence, meaning and profound impact of Chiadzwa’s diamonds. These diamond fields of Chiadzwa in the Marange District, among the world’s largest sources of rough diamonds, have been at the centre of struggles for power in Zimbabwe since their discovery in 2006. ...

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  • apartheid-and-the-making-20160406-front-cover-1200px

    This intriguing memoir details in a quiet and restrained manner what it meant to be a committed black intellectual activist during the apartheid years and beyond. N Chabani Manganyi’s reflections on a life engaged with ideas, the psychological and philosophical workings of the mind and the act of writing are a refreshing addition to the genre of life writing. ...

    More about: Apartheid and the Making of a Black Psychologist
  • Gordonia cover_lores

    The Gordonia region of the Northern Cape Province has received relatively little attention from historians. In Hidden Histories of Gordonia: Land dispossession and resistance in the Northern Cape, 1800–1990, Martin Legassick explores aspects of the generally unknown ‘brown’ and ‘black’ history of the region. ...

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  • ZimbabwesMigrants_LR

    Maxim Bolt explores the lives of Zimbabwean migrant labourers, of settled black farm workers and their dependants, and of white farmers and managers, as they intersect on the border between Zimbabwe and South Africa. Focusing on one farm, this book investigates the role of a hub of wage labour in a place of crisis. ...

    More about: Zimbabwe’s Migrants and South Africa’s Border Farms
  • SettlerColonialism_LR

    In this highly original work, Thiven Reddy shows how conventional approaches to understanding democratization have failed to capture the complexities of South Africa’s post-Apartheid transition. Rather, as a product of imperial expansion, the South African state, capitalism and citizen identities have been uniquely shaped by a particular mode of domination, namely settler colonialism. ...

    More about: South Africa, Settler Colonialism and the Failures of Liberal Democracy
  • Missing hi-res

    Missing is the story of Robert Khalipa , an ANC Cadre living in exile, who is very senior in the Organisation but is left out of the negotiations and almost forgotten in Sweden. Robert and his family are faced with the challenges of a South Africa that has changed radically from the one he remembers from more than thirty years ago. ...

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  • DorotheaBleek_HR (1)

    Dorothea Bleek (1873 to 1948) devoted her life to completing the ‘bushman researches’ that her father and aunt (Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd) had begun in the closing decades of the nineteenth century. The book examines Dorothea Bleek’s life story, her rock art research and her fieldwork in southern Africa, and evaluates her scholarship and contribution to the history of ideas in South Afri ...

    More about: Dorothea Bleek: A Life of Scholarship

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Wits University Press authors at the Vrystaat Literary Festival 11-16 July 2016 in Bloemfontein

Monday, July 4th, 2016

   Wits University Press is proud to announce the seven authors and scholars who will participate in the programme of the Vrystaat Literary Festival 11-16 July 2016 in Bloemfontein. They are:  Achille Mbembe (On the Postcolony) Tshepo Moloi, (Place of Thorns: Black political protest in Kroonstad since 1976) Bob & Mary Scholes (Climate change: Briefings […]

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Wits University Press now a member of the American Association of University Presses (AAUP)

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Wits University Press is pleased to announce its membership of the American Association of University Presses (AAUP). The AAUP is an association of more than 130 international nonprofit publishers, which strives to advance scholarship to members. The Association’s mission is to assist its members through professional education, cooperative services, and public advocacy. It educates by […]

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Launching APARTHEID AND THE MAKING OF A BLACK PSYCHOLOGIST

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

You are invited to join Wits University Press and Chabani Manganyi at the CIRCA Gallery, Rosebank, Johannesburg for the launch of Chabani’s memoir APARTHEID AND THE MAKING OF A BLACK PSYCHOLOGIST “Prof Manganyi’s thoughtful and meticulous account of what it has meant to become South Africa’s first black psychologist is particularly relevant for our times. Sadly, the issues of […]

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