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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 ...

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  • 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. ...

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  • Volume three in the Democratic Marxism series, The Climate Crisis investigates ecosocialist alternatives that are emerging. It presents the thinking of leading climate justice activists, campaigners and social movements advancing systemic alternatives and developing bottom-up, just transitions to sustain life. ...

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  • The wide-ranging essays in this sixth volume of the New South African Review demonstrate how the consequences of inequality extend throughout society and the political economy, crippling the quest for social justice, polarising the politics, skewing economic outcomes and bringing devastating environmental consequences in their wake. ...

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  • Organise or Die? Democracy and Leadership in South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers is the first in-depth study of one of the leading trade unions in the country. It provides a compelling narrative of NUM’s powerful history and the legacy of its leadership. ...

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  • In analyzing the obstacles to democratization in post- independence Africa, Mahmood Mamdani offers a bold, insightful account of colonialism’s legacy–a bifurcated power that mediated racial domination through tribally organized local authorities, reproducing racial identity in citizens and ethnic identity in subjects. ...

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  • The revolutionary and psychiatrist Frantz Fanon was a foundational figure in postcolonial and decolonial thought and practice, yet his psychiatric work still has only been studied peripherally. That is in part because most of his psychiatric writings have remained untranslated. With a focus on Fanon’s key psychiatry texts, Frantz Fanon, Psychiatry and Politics considers Fanon’s psychiatric ...

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  • The Khoesan were the first people in Africa to undergo the full rigours of European colonisation. By the early nineteenth century, they had largely been brought under colonial rule, dispossessed of their land and stock, and forced to work as labourers for farmers of European descent. Comprising 98 of these texts, These Oppressions Won’t Cease – an utterance expressed by Willem Uithaalder, comm ...

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  • The transition from apartheid to the post-apartheid era has highlighted questions about the past and the persistence of its influence in present-day South Africa. This is particularly so in education, where the past continues to play a decisive role in relation to inequality. Between Worlds: German Missionaries and the Transition from Mission to Bantu Education in South Africa scrutinises the e ...

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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 […]


NOTE: Wits Press closed for new manuscript submissions until 1 February 2018

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Please note that Wits University Press is now closed for new manuscript submissions. Manuscript proposals can be sent again from 1 February 2018. Submission can be send to:

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