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NEW TITLES AT THE AFRICA BOOK CENTRE - Number 542, 17 April 2012 =============== 37280 Bremner, Lindsay WRITING THE CITY INTO BEING: Essays on Johannesburg, 1998-2008 Bremner's long-awaited collection of essays, spanning more than a decade of work on Johannesburg is both an unflinching analysis of the characteristics of an extraordinary city and a work of imagination that brings the evasive city into being through writing. 360pp, SOUTH AFRICA. FOURTHWALL BOOKS. 2012 9780986985003 Paperback GBP20.00 =============== 37427 Chinodya, Shimmer CHIONISO AND OTHER STORIES Playing with his doppelganger, Godfrey, he looks back on life in Harare, and in Zimbabwe, over the last decade, exploring it from a familial perspective. How does a father cope with a rebellious daughter or a wife he perceives as wayward? How does one mediate traditional gender roles? What to do when status in the form of a car undermines the stability of a marriage? How does one manage a friendship with a new farmer? What moral compromises are demanded by new wealth and political cronyism? And what is the effect of religion on our lives? Have we become more caring and compassionate, or does piety provide a mask, to disguise greed and ambition, and justify a contempt for the poor? 190pp, ZIMBABWE. WEAVER PRESS. 2012 9781779221704 Paperback GBP15.95 =============== 36102 Chirwa, Danwood Mzikenge & Nijzink, Lia ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT IN AFRICA: Perspectives from Public Law and Political Studies In the early 1990s, a wave of democratisation swept the African continent, resulting in a flurry of constitution-making and constitutional revision. New constitutional provisions were adopted which entrenched human rights and established various institutional mechanisms to hold governments to account. Although most of these new constitutions seemed to compare well with the constitutions of more established democracies, many of the newly established accountability mechanisms had no parallel or precursor in the previous constitutional arrangements. Many of Africa's new democracies struggled with problems of capacity, lack of experience and other legacies of their previous undemocratic regimes, which seemed to hamper the entrenchment of accountable government. Difficult socio-economic conditions presented additional challenges to increasing democratic accountability on the African continent. There is a growing consensus among academics, policymakers and politicians that accountable government is necessary for the achievement of economic, social and human development in Africa and crucial for political stability and democracy. Accountability serves to limit or prevent the abuse of political power, while at the same time empowering democratically elected governments to be responsive to the needs of the electorate. After two decades of constitutional changes and other developments affecting governance in Africa it is now time to take stock and assess to what extent accountable governance has taken root there. Combining insights from both public law and political studies, this edited volume looks at various institutions and mechanisms of accountability, their effectiveness in holding African governments to account and how these institutions themselves are being held accountable. National prosecuting authorities, the judiciary, human rights commissions, political parties and informal mechanisms are critically assessed in terms of their contribution to accountable governance. 460pp, JAPAN. UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY PRESS. 2012 9789280812053 Paperback GBP28.99 =============== 37426 Dicks, Ian AN AFRICAN WORLDVIEW: The Muslim Amacinga Yawo of Southern Malawi Examines the ways in which the Yawo of Malawi view the world. The Yawo are predominantly Muslim, yet many maintain strong links with their traditional religion. They are a largely oral society, teaching and reinforcing their beliefs and practices using oral literature, which includes myths, proverbs, proverbial stories, songs of advice and prayers at various stages of the life cycle, particularly during initiation events. Ian Dicks describes in detail the Yawo's material world, customs, beliefs and rituals, and juxtaposes these with Yawo oral literature. 512pp, MALAWI. KACHERE SERIES. 2012 9789990887518 Paperback GBP34.95 =============== 37441 Duff, Lyndsey & Masters, Lesley (Eds.) OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IMPLEMENTATION IN SOUTHERN AFRICA Adapting to the impacts of climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the African continent. Although initially couched as primarily an environmental challenge, its importance in the socio-economic development of the region has seen the prioritisation of adaptation in the African common position at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate change negotiations. This emphasis has resulted in a number of studies on the vulnerability of countries to climate change, including case studies detailing examples of adaptation in practice. Yet the understanding of the implementation of adaptation measures needs further nuance in its approach. This book goes beyond highlighting the importance of adaptation in supporting future socio-economic development, to grappling with the challenges in implementing adaptation measures with the authors addressing some of the key obstacles facing the implementation of adaptation projects. 294pp, SOUTH AFRICA. AFRICA INSTITUTE OF SOUTH AFRICA. 2012 9780798302951 Paperback GBP26.95 =============== 37451 Etefa, Tsega INTEGRATION AND PEACE IN EAST AFRICA: A History of the Oromo Nation This book analyzes the development of indigenous religious, commercial, and political institutions among the Oromo mainly during the relatively peaceful two centuries in its history, from 1704 to 1882. The largest ethnic group in East Africa, the Oromo promoted peace, cultural assimilation, and ethnic integration. 286pp, UK. PALGRAVE. 2012 9780230117747 Hardback GBP55.00 =============== 37425 Galgalo, Joseph D AFRICAN CHRISTIANITY: The Stranger Within What makes African Christianity Christian?, what is the mission of the African church?, What is the theology of the African church? and, What is the future of the Church in Africa or more precisely of African Christianity? Professor Galgalo gives a critical analysis of Christianity in Africa from historical, theological and sociological perspectives. 132pp, KENYA. ZAPF CHANCERY. 2012 9789966150691 Paperback GBP17.95 =============== 37452 Hanson, Kobena T., Kararach, George & Shaw, Timothy M. (Eds.) RETHINKING DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES FOR PUBLIC POLICY: Insights from Contemporary Africa The current global financial crisis is transforming African prospects. How many "developmental" rather than "fragile" states will the continent have by 2020? The need for Africa to develop capacity for strategic thinking and leadership is clear. Covering the economics and politics of climate change and climate financing, trans-boundary water management, public service delivery and new modalities of delivering aid, the contributors consider national and transnational issues. Interrogating well-known issues, with a key focus on the capacity dimension, the editors put forth critical policy recommendations that seek to feed directly into policy. 320pp, UK. PALGRAVE. 2012 9780230393288 Hardback GBP60.00 =============== 37446 Higgs, Colleen LOOKING FOR TROUBLE A collection of short stories set in Yeoville from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. The stories capture with a dark humour the lives of young people trying to make a go of things, given the constraints of the country and the volatile period. Most of the stories have been published in literary magazines or in collections in South Africa, the UK and Uganda. 96pp, SOUTH AFRICA. MODJAJI BOOKS. 2012 9781920397425 Paperback GBP15.95 =============== 37431 Hoe, Susanna TRAVELS IN TANDEM: The Writing of Women and Men Who Travelled Together "The book grew out of a habit, early adopted when on her travels of writing an unpretending narrative of the previous day's proceedings to be sent home to her father." Thus wrote Thomas Brassey of his wife Annie. As for his own account of their travels, Susanna Hoe describes it as "full of reports of experts and often about exports." And she explores the question, are women travel companions' accounts more generally "unpretending narratives", and men's the opposite? The theme expanded when the author was asked, "Do women write with more immediacy, with more colour, more empathy and more attention to detail?" Using extensive quotations, the author pursues those and other questions through the relations and accounts of couples visiting or living in foreign places, from Liberia to Siberia, from Vanuatu to Chinese Turkestan, between 1664 and 1973. Of the ten chapters about particular couples two are about Africa: Florence and Samuel Baker on the Nile and Barbara and Graham Greene in Liberia. Maps, b/w illus, 247pp, UK. HOLO BOOKS. 2012 9780954405694 Paperback GBP19.99 =============== 37231 Horakova, Hana & Nugent, Paul & Skalnik, Peter (Eds.) AFRICA: Power and Powerlessness In Africa the distribution of power and powerlessness seems to be more rigid than on other continents. Political power is in the hands of narrow elites while the overwhelming majority has hardly any access to decision-making. The common denominator of this book is the notion of power. It follows the analytical differentiation between the concept of power-over that is largely used by mainstream political science, and the concept of power as social practice. The authors ask pertinent questions on how power is composed, created and used on the African continent. 184pp, GERMANY. LIT VERLAG. 2012 9783643111876 Paperback GBP29.95 =============== 37449 Ikenye, Ndungiu John Brown MODELING SERVANT-LEADERS FOR AFRICA: lessons from St. Paul This book seeks to help African Christian leaders to follow the notions of biblical leadership as servant-hood and to train men and women with biblical and academic knowledge, which will be critical, practical, pastoral and applicable in the Kenyan context and participate in the discovery, transmission and preservation of knowledge and stimulate the intellectual life and cultural development of Kenya. 216pp, KENYA. ZAPF CHANCERY. 2012 9789966734181 Paperback GBP19.95 =============== 37433 Kabue, Samuel & Mombo, Esther (Eds.) DISABILITY, SOCIETY AND THEOLOGY: Voices from Africa The result of a workshop which brought together African theologians, persons with disabilities and disability expertise in the Region to prepare resource materials to enrich the disability study process in the context of the Africa region. The book is in six parts and includes contributions from scholars across the continent. The parts are: Disability Theology: Issue to Debate; The Able Disabled and the Disabled Church: The Church's Response to Disability; Disability and Society; Disability Theology: Some Interfaces; Disability and Care-giving; and Disability in the African Experience. 480pp, KENYA. ZAPF CHANCERY. 2012 9789966734174 Paperback GBP29.95 =============== 37424 Kegode, George ABORTION AND MORALITY DEBATE IN THE AFRICAN CONTEXT: A Philosophical Enquiry Argues in favour for the fundamentally inviolable right to life for this unique unrepeatable being. He tackles the often asked questions on the subject of abortion from a moral perspective. The author's arguments cover social, ethical, eugenic, as well as therapeutic issues. Occasionally these have been the basis of moral relativism and subjectivism in the abortion debate contemporarily. Kegode's argument represents an attempt to navigate this debate from a wide spectrum of ethical theories while at the same time remaining faithful to moral objectivity. 332pp, KENYA. ZAPF CHANCERY. 2010 9789966734167 Paperback GBP24.95 =============== 37442 Lejju, Julius B. THE INFLUENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND HUMAN-INDUCED ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION ON LAKE VICTORIA This research provides evidence of long-term environment changes in Lake Victoria and a contribution to the understanding of the past environmental conditions in the lake basin. It provides the history of human environment interactions, including the possible cause for the dynamics of the lake levels, giving possible options that can help to remedy and/or mitigate the environmental degradation in the region. 116pp, ETHIOPIA. OSSREA. 2012 9789994455676 Paperback GBP17.95 =============== 37432 Lo, Mbaye CIVIL SOCIETY-BASED GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA: Theories and Practices - A Case Study of Senegal Argues that if the concept of civil society is to be successful, it has to capture fully and correctly most aspects of Africa's associational life without leaving out major portions of the socio-political mosaic. Only then, can the concept of civil society be a legitimate tool for recognizing groups and associations and organizing their problems and claims for a sustainable democracy. The African experience is different from the liberal context of civil society. The liberal argument of civil society springs from the Western conception of state-society relationships. In this convention, power, authoritarianism and exploitation are the exclusive property of the state, while society belongs to the realm of freedom, rights, and liberty. To examine this argument, this study uses Senegal as a case study to explore how the idiosyncrasy of societal development in this country has constructed and produced different types of associational life and how they fit within the liberal conception of civil society. Senegal was selected as an ideal case because it is widely regarded as a vibrant model of civil society and democracy. In essence, the question is whether the civil society that exists in Senegal conforms to the liberal argument of civil. 218pp, SUDAN. SOCIETY STUDIES CENTER. 2010 9789994296835 Paperback GBP18.95 =============== 37289 Mabura, Lily HOW SHALL WE KILL THE BISHOP AND OTHER STORIES An artist in mourning for a brother who died fighting in Bosnia, a restless young woman alerted to the possibility of life outside her tight knit community, an unemployed lawyer lingering in a Kenyan hospital - Lily Mabura's first collection of short stories deals with characters whose fates fascinate and alarm. Set in Kenya, the USA, Namibia and the Congo, these brief, evocative tales demonstrate an acute sensitivity to the globalised trajectories which increasingly distinguish our world. 104pp, UK. HEINEMANN AFRICAN WRITERS SERIES. 2012 9780435075415 Paperback GBP9.00 =============== 37450 McRae, Donald UNDER OUR SKIN: A White Family's Journey Through South Africa's Darkest Years The true story of an ordinary white family living under apartheid in South Africa, torn apart by an extraordinary country. Don McRae came of age in a South Africa where his father would call the black men he met "boy" and where his mother gave their black servants old tin mugs and metal plates for their meals in the backyard. The McRaes, like so many white people, seemed oblivious to the violent injustices of apartheid. As the author grew up, the political differences between father and son widened and when Don refused to join up for National Service, risking imprisonment or exile overseas, the two were torn apart. The detention and torture of two young white doctors, Neil Aggett and Liz Floyd, then unhinged the family in dramatic circumstances. At John Vorster Square, the notorious security police headquarters in Johannesburg, the couple suffered a terrible and haunting fate. Years later, the author discovered that the father with whom he had fought so bitterly had transformed himself into a political hero. Risking everything one dark and rainy night, Ian McRae travelled secretly into the black township of Soweto to meet members of Nelson Mandela's then banned African National Congress, trying to bring power to black South Africa. He had no political ambitions; he was just a man trying to replace the worst in himself with something better. 432pp, UK. SIMON & SCHUSTER. 2012 9781847379658 Hardback GBP20.00 =============== 37412 Mubiru, Charles L. THE UGANDA MARTYRS AND THE NEED FOR APPROPRIATE ROLE MODELS IN ADOLESCENTS' MORAL FORMATION, AS SEEN FROM TRADITIONAL AFRICAN EDUCATION This work is not only academic, but also speaks to the common person from the ordinary walk of life. The author makes recommendations aimed at attaining a moral renewal through appropriate role models not only for Uganda's young people, but also for Africa's and the entire world's children and adolescents. 336pp, GERMANY. LIT VERLAG. 2012 9783643901422 Paperback GBP29.95 =============== 37438 Nannyonga-Tamusuza, Sylvia & Solomon, Thomas (Eds.) ETHNOMUSICOLOGY IN EAST AFRICA: Perspectives from Uganda and Beyond Presents selected papers from the First International Symposium on Ethnomusicology in Uganda, held at Makerere University in Kampala on 23-25 November 2009. The symposium, organised by the Department of Music, Dance and Drama (now the Department of Performing Arts and Film) of the university and the Grieg Academy-Department of Music at the University of Bergen, marked the end of the first period of the project Ethnomusicology in Uganda: Education, Research and Preservation of Cultural Heritage. An important development in the field since the turn of the twenty-first century has been the emergence of an increasing number of professionally trained scholars from East African countries who have contributed to the ongoing decolonisation of musical scholarship in Africa. These ethnomusicologists have made important contributions not only with their own original research in the region, but also in their work strengthening the institutional bases for ethnomusicology in East African countries. 272pp, UGANDA. FOUNTAIN PUBLISHERS. 2012 9789970251353 Paperback GBP29.95 =============== 37448 Ndi, Bill F EPIGRAMS Bill Ndi's "Epigrams: forces the mind to reconsider the world ostensibly transformed into a canvas, life a painting and events varied shades that facilitate or complicate emerging renditions. Thematically and stylistically eclectic and puzzling, the volume is vibrant, challenging, yet refreshing. In the end, the reader is left richer as he begins to wonder afresh at so much that had been taken for granted. (Emmanuel Fru Doh, Century College Minnesota). 106pp, CAMEROON. LANGAA RPCIG. 2012 9789956727971 Paperback GBP15.95 =============== 35864 Nelson, Fred (Ed.) COMMUNITY RIGHTS, CONSERVATION AND CONTESTED LAND: The Politics of Natural Resource Governance in Africa New in paperback. Natural resource governance is central to the outcomes of biodiversity conservation efforts and to patterns of economic development, particularly in resource-dependent rural communities. The institutional arrangements that define natural resource governance are outcomes of political processes, whereby numerous groups with often-divergent interests negotiate for access to and control over resources. These political processes determine the outcomes of resource governance reform efforts, such as widespread attempts to decentralize or devolve greater tenure over land and resources to local communities. This volume examines the political dynamics of natural resource governance processes through a range of comparative case studies across east and southern Africa. These cases include both local and national settings, and examine issues such as land rights, tourism development, wildlife conservation, participatory forest management, and the impacts of climate change, and are drawn from both academics and field practitioners working across the region. 352pp, UK. EARTHSCAN. 2012 2010 9780415520362 Paperback GBP29.99 =============== 37176 Neser, Ashlee STRANGER AT HOME: The Praise Poet in Apartheid South AFrica This book is about the poetry, vision and deeply inhospitable context of one of South Africa's most talented praise poets. The author of five volumes of Xhosa poetry and performer of inspired and elegantly crafted izibongo (praise poems), Manisi saw himself as a man of multiple places, allegiances and identities at a local Transkeian poetry scene was legendary. He was for a time the most famous poet in Kaiser Mathanzima's court. He also wrote the first published poem about Nelson Mandela in 1954, hailing him prophetically as Gleaming Road. Despite these early accomplishments, Manisi ended his career as a lonely performer in American and South African universities. He never met Mandela, his hero of old. Ashlee Neser examines Manisi as an inventive negotiator of rural and urban spaces, modernity and tradition, performance and publication, the local and the foreign. She treats him as a representative of a complex of beliefs and identities that was neither accommodated by apartheid politics nor adequately recognized and theorized by the extensive literature on South African identity and culture. In the divided context in which he created poetry, the author argues, it was not possible for Manisi to articulate the package of identities that defined him. The over-determined public discourse, caught in meanings dictated by apartheid politics and the urban-centred resistance movement, distorted and isolated Manisi's poetry. 280pp, SOUTH AFRICA. WITWATERSRAND UNIVERSITY PRESS. 2011 9781868145379 Paperback GBP27.99 =============== 37440 Nhamo, Godwell (Ed.) GREEN ECONOMY AND CLIMATE MITIGATION: Topics of Relevance to Africa Climate change is real and is impacting on economies and lives in Africa, especially rural livelihoods. The effects of the climate change phenomena have drawn bitter debate between both the developed and developing countries. To address some of the concerns, the authors identified topics of relevance to Africa, among them: discourses surrounding the green economy and sustainable development; financing green economies; carbon benchmarking; role of multilateral development banks in carbon financing; and carbon taxation. 284pp, SOUTH AFRICA. AFRICA INSTITUTE OF SOUTH AFRICA. 2012 9780798302937 Paperback GBP26.95 =============== 37443 Njeuma, Martin Z. FULANI HEGEMONY IN YOLA (OLD ADAMAWA): 1809-1902 Following the launching of jihad against Sarkin Gobir and other Hausa chiefs by Uthman dan Fodio, a renowned Muslim reformer, Yola became one of the focal points for Uthman's Movement south of the Lake Chad region. The leader was Modibbo Adama (1809-1847) and the emirate he formed was called Adamawa. The study analyses the factors which came into play in the creation and maintenance of the emirate out of a vast array of segmented units of authority. By the middle of the 19th century, Europeans started visiting the region in a general drive to abolish slave trade from its sources and substitute it with legitimate trade. Not contented with mere trade, European expeditions competed with one another to colonize the region for their respective governments. Lamido Zubeiru (1890-1901) refused to submit, but the British, French and Germans through European diplomatic channels partitioned the emirate in 1893 and 1894. The neighbouring kingdoms provided the Europeans additional reasons for waging war against the emirate and to overthrow almost a century of Fulani hegemony. 312pp, CAMEROON. LANGAA RPCIG. 2012 9789956726950 Paperback GBP29.95 =============== 36512 O'Brien, Kevin THE SOUTH AFRICAN INTELLIGENCE SERVICES: From Apartheid to Democracy, 1948-2005 New in paperback. Covering the apartheid period of 1948-90, the transition from apartheid to democracy of 1990-94, and the post-apartheid period of new intelligence dispensation from 1994-2005, this book examines not only the apartheid government's intelligence dispensation and operations, but also those of the African National Congress, and its partner, the South African Communist Party (ANC/SACP) as well as those of other liberation movements and the independent homelands under the apartheid system. Examining the civilian, military and police intelligence structures and operations in all periods, as well as the extraordinarily complicated apartheid government's security bureaucracy (or "securocracy") and its structures and units, the book discusses how South Africa's Cold War position influenced its relationships with various other world powers, especially where intelligence co-operation came to bear. It outlines South Africa's regional relationships and concerns the foremost being its activities in South-West Africa (Namibia) and its relationship with Rhodesia through 1980. 320pp, UK. ROUTLEDGE. 2012 2010 9780415535243 Paperback GBP29.95 =============== 37447 Ojaide, Tanure THE OLD MAN IN A STATE HOUSE: and other stories Literary snapshotss of contemporary Nigeria: the corrupting influence of a corrosive oil economy, environmental degradation, wealth and hubris, love and more. 166pp, NIGERIA. AFRICAN HERITAGE PRESS. 2012 9780979085871 Paperback GBP15.95 =============== 37453 Omodele, Remi (Ed.) WEIGHING THE COST OF PIN-MAKING: Ulli Beier in Conversations A review of the conversations between the late Ulli Beier and major African thinkers. Beier had a pioneering role in developing literature, drama and poetry in Nigeria. Interviewees include Chinua Achebe, 1986 Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Rowland Abiodun and Ibrahim El Salahi. Covering topics as wide ranging as the question of African and individual identity to the immeasurable power of women, the varied life and interests of Ulli Beier are explored. 276pp, USA. AFRICA WORLD PRESS. 2012 9781592218608 Paperback GBP24.99 =============== 37001 Percox, David BRITAIN, KENYA AND THE COLD WAR: Imperial Defence, Colonial Security and Decolonisation Far from having to "scram from Africa" following the abandonment of her "East of Suez" role, and despite the problems of Mau Mau, and the even the Suez debacle on a larger international stage, Britain continued to vigorously pursue imperial African interests. And Kenya was centre-stage. Much scholarship has been devoted to the Emergency (1952-60), fear of a post-Mau Mau civil war, de-colonization and setting up independent Kenya but little on British policy in pursuing her vital interests beyond independence. This book shows Britain maintaining her strategic priorities in Kenya - cultivating the moderate Kenyatta government, giving up the unacceptable colonial army base, but retaining military camps, rights of overflying, staging and training, and arming and training the Kenyan military, including internal security. Kenyan de-colonization and British defence interests were intimately linked and vital within the context of the Cold War and East-West regional rivalry. 256pp, UK. I B TAURIS. 2012 9781848859661 Paperback GBP25.00 =============== 37416 Richards, Ruben BULLETS OR BALLOTS? The Ultimate Solution to Crime and Unemployment in South Africa Argues that crime and growing unemployment remain the Achilles' heel of today's South Africa and calls for a new identity for South Africans, deliberately cast in industrial rather than political language. Pointing out that Africa has enough mineral wealth to be the wealthiest continent on the planet, the book asks, "Why then are South Africa and its neighbours still so poor?" The answer to this question goes beyond the usual diatribe about African leaders being corrupt and Western nations being greedy. Instead the discussion critically examines South Africa's journey from apartheid to political freedom and argues that economic bondage will give way when more engineers and new industries appear on the scene. 304pp, SOUTH AFRICA. STE PUBLISHERS. 2011 9780986983320 Paperback GBP24.99 =============== 5235 Rodney, Walter HOW EUROPE UNDERDEVELOPED AFRICA AND OTHER ESSAYS New edition. Few books have been as influential in understanding African impoverishment as Walter Rodney's classic. Rodney argues that the imperial countries of Europe, subsequently joined by the US, bear major responsibility for impoverishing Africa. They have been joined in this exploitation by agents or unwitting accomplices both in the North and in Africa. This new edition includes additional essays by Rodney and an introduction by the Walter Rodney Foundation, the co-publishers of this officially approved edition, to whom proceeds of the sales of this book will go. UK. PAMBAZUKA. 2012 1972 9781906387945 Paperback GBP14.95 =============== 37444 Salami-Boukari, Safoura A. AFRICAN LITERATURE: Gender Discourse, Religious Values, and the African Worldview Why do readers from different parts of the world read, interpret, or understand foreign literature the way they do? What drives peculiar critical reactions, canon formations and such issues which determine the survival of cultural productions or their continued adoption as useful bolsters for a peoples' self-definition or indeed self-preservation and self-determination? This study offers a series of fresh insights into most of the old problematics which used to sustain the interpretations of African literature, especially by women. Students, scholars, and general readers wishing to consider issues of gender in relation to African cultural and socio-economic systems and what Salami-Boukari interrogates and names as an African worldview, will find the interdisciplinary discussion of historical analyses, literary criticism and gender discourses a useful method for engaging contemporary African perspectives. 270pp, NIGERIA. AFRICAN HERITAGE PRESS. 2012 9780979085857 Paperback GBP19.95 =============== 37115 Sidikou, Aissata G. & Hale, Thomas A. (Eds.) WOMEN'S VOICES FROM WEST AFRICA: An Anthology of Songs from the Sahel This anthology - collected from 17 ethnic traditions across West Africa - introduces the power and beauty of the intimate expressions of African women. The songs, many translated here for the first time, reflect all stages of the life cycle and all walks of life. They entertain, give comfort and encouragement, and empower other women to face the challenges imposed on them by their families, men, and society. Women's Voices from West Africa opens a new window on women's changing roles in contemporary Africa. 128pp, USA. INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS. 2011 9780253356703 Hardback GBP22.99 =============== 37435 Simelane, Thokozani & Abdel-Rahman, B. (Eds.) ENERGY TRANSITION IN AFRICA The book sets out a foundation for Africa's role in harnessing renewable energy by highlighting an ideal mix of investment, resource use, skills development and infrastructure management which the authors believe Africa needs in order to migrate successfully to a green economy that is supported by renewable energy. In policy terms, a pan-African approach is required to drive African policy on renewable energy that will cater for Africa's economies. 200pp, SOUTH AFRICA. AFRICA INSTITUTE OF SOUTH AFRICA. 2012 9780798302944 Paperback GBP18.95 =============== 37439 Smith, Rosemary SWIMMING WITH COBRAS A memoir about a journey to find a foothold in a foreign land grappling with its own identity, offering rare and important insight into a corner of South Africa's past. Rosemary Smith's life as an activist in the Eastern Cape began when she moved from England with her South African born husband in the mid 1960s. They made their home in Grahamstown where they raised four children. As a member of the Black Sash she participated in events spanning three decades in an intensely politicised and oppressed province. Through her involvement she made the transition to full integration in a country that at first struck her as alien and strange. 186pp, SOUTH AFRICA. MODJAJI BOOKS. 2012 9781920397371 Paperback GBP17.95 =============== 37445 Twongyeirwe, Hilda (Ed.) WORLD OF OUR OWN AND OTHER STORIES This short story collection in the outcome of the writing residency for African women writers held in Jinja, Uganda, in January 2011. Writers from across English-speaking Africa contribute stories as diverse as the continent itself, stories that explore universal concerns in acutely individual ways. Among others, an upper-class Ghanaian confronts the irony of race from a prison cell; a Zambian mourns her sister and tackles the restrictions of tradition in a surprisingly humorous way; in Tanzania, two strangers go to extremes to seek elusive health; a Ugandan housewife reflects on personal and world politics as she watches a dog fight; another Ghanaian remembers a love affair that led her into an ancestors embrace; two Nigerians shopping in London get more than they bargained for; and in a 2011 Caine Prize nominated story by Ugandan writer Beatrice Lamwaka children cry tears of pain and happiness during an armed conflict. 202pp, UGANDA. FEMRITE. 2012 9789970700240 Paperback GBP15.95 =============== 36500 Van Wolputte, Steven (Ed.) BEER IN AFRICA: Drinking Spaces, States and Selves This volume on beer in Africa focuses on the making and unmaking of self in the inchoate, dark, exalted and sometimes upsetting context of bars, shebeens and other formal and informal drinking occasions. It takes the production and consumption of fermented drinks as its point of entry to investigate how local actors deal with the ambivalent and the hazy, and how this ambiguity stands as the sine qua non of social life and daily practice. The book includes contributions by Gregor Dobler, Simon Heap, Mattia Fumanti, Sigrun Helmfrid, Van Wolputte. 336pp, GERMANY. LIT VERLAG. 2010 9783825812577 Paperback GBP29.95 =============== 30989 Vandewalle, Dirk A HISTORY OF MODERN LIBYA: Second Edition First comprehensive history based on original research for over twenty years offers a lucid account of Libya's past, and corrects some of the misunderstandings about its present. Takes the story from the 1900s, through the Italian occupation, the Sanusi monarchy and Qadhafi's self-styled revolution. The new edition covers the intervening years, since 2005, when, courted by the West, Qadhafi came in from the cold. At home, though, his people were disillusioned, and economic liberalization came too late to forestall revolution. In an epilogue, the author reflects upon Qadhafi's premiership and the legacy he leaves behind. Index, bib, notes, 344pp, UK. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS. 2012 2006 9781107615748 Paperback GBP18.99 =============== 33065 Viljoen, Frans INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW IN AFRICA Second, updated edition. This book attempts to provide a comprehensive analytical overview of human rights in Africa, dealing particularly with the regional system of human rights protection. Four themes are followed throughout the book, these are: the principle of uti possidetis, the tensions in the modern post-colonial African state; poverty; and the interrelationship between national and international human rights protection. Index, bib, 478pp, UK. OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. 2012 2007 9780199645596 Paperback GBP44.99 =============== 37430 Waweru, Humphrey THE BIBLE AND AFRICAN CULTURE: Mapping Transactional Inroads How can African theology survive the self-repetition of mere cultural apologia or contextualization and mature into a critical theoretical discipline responding to the challenges of the postmodern world-order? This is a theological reflection on these questions using the hitherto unused methodological paradigm of mapping the inroads in the "transaction" between the Bible and African culture. 236pp, KENYA. ZAPF CHANCERY. 2012 9789966150639 Paperback GBP19.95 =============== 37455 Whitehouse, Bruce MIGRANTS AND STRANGERS IN AN AFRICAN CITY: In cities throughout Africa, local inhabitants live alongside large populations of strangers. Bruce Whitehouse explores the condition of stranger-hood for residents who have come from the West African Sahel to settle in Brazzaville, Congo. Whitehouse considers how these migrants live simultaneously inside and outside of Congolese society as merchants, as Muslims in a predominantly non-Muslim society, and as parents seeking to instil in their children the customs of their communities of origin. Migrants and Strangers in an African City challenges Pan-Africanist ideas of trans-nationalism and diaspora in today's globalized world. 288pp, USA. INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS. 2012 9780253000828 Paperback GBP16.99 =============== Africa Book Centre Ltd. Preston Park Business Centre 36 Robertson Road Brighton BN1 5NL Telephone: +44 (0)1273 560 474 Fax: +44 (0)1273 500 650 firstname.lastname@example.org www.africabookcentre.com