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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 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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    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. ...

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    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. ...

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  • 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 ...

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    There are few books that show how nature in Africa is represented, celebrated, mourned or commoditised. Natures of Africa weaves together studies of narratives – from folklore, travel writing, novels and popular songs – with the insights of poetry and contemporary reflections of Africa on the worldwide web. ...

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  • Climate Change 5

    Climate change affects us all, but it can be a confusing business. Three leading South African scientists who have worked on the issue for over two decades help you to make sense of this topic. The book is organized into over fifty ‘frequently asked questions’, each with a brief, clear and scientifically up-to-date reply. ...

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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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Friday, June 10th, 2016

BOOK LAUNCH You are invited by Wits University Press, UWC’s Centre for Humanties Research and The Book Lounge to pay tribute to the memory of eminent historian and activist Martin Legassick at the launch of his posthumously published book HIDDEN HISTORIES OF GORDONIA There are few areas in South Africa like the Gordonia region of the Northern Cape […]


INVITATION: Launch of Maxim Bolt’s book Zimbabwe’s Migrants and South Africa’s Border Farms: The Roots of Impermanence

Friday, May 6th, 2016

LAUNCH INVITATION Wits University Press invite you to the launch of Maxim Bolt’s book Zimbabwe’s Migrants and South Africa’s Border Farms: The Roots of Impermanence During the Zimbabwean crisis, millions crossed through the border fence to South Africa, searching for work as farm labourers. In a time of intensified pressures on commercial agriculture in South Africa following […]

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