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Africa Book Centre email@example.com NEW TITLES AT THE AFRICA BOOK CENTRE - Number 557, 28 November 2012 =============== If you do not wish to receive these mailings, please reply with REMOVE in the email subject field. If you don't get an ackowledgement from us of your removal from the mailing list, please keep trying as there has been a high volume of inward mail rejected by our service provider. =============== =============== 37910 Banham, Martin, Gibbs, James & Osofisan, Femi (Eds.) AFRICAN THEATRE: Festivals During the last fifty years, large sums of money, huge resources of labour and vast amounts of creative energy have been invested in international theatre festivals in Africa. Under banners such as 'Reclaiming the African Past' and 'African Renaissance', the festival participants have used the performing arts to address a variety of topical issues and to confront images embedded by a century of patronising colonial expositions. The themes indicate the desire to take history by the forelock, challenge perceptions and transform communities. Selected contents: Festivals as a strategy for the development of theatre in Zimbabwe, 1980-2001; The legacy of Festac '77: the challenge of the Nigerian National Theatre at Iganmu; The Dakar Festivals of 1966 & 2010; African Renaissance between rhetoric & the aesthetics of extravagance: FESMAN 2010 - entrapped in textuality; 8 The Pan-African Historical Theatre Festival (Panafest) in Ghana, 1922-2010: the vision & the reality; The Jos Theatre Festival, 2004- 2011:a theatre festival in a divided community. 172pp, UK. JAMES CURREY PUBLISHERS. 2012 9781847010575 Paperback GBP18.99 =============== 37931 Beidelman, T.O. CULTURE OF COLONIALISM: The Cultural Subjection of Ukaguru What did it mean to be an African subject living in remote areas of Tanganyika at the end of the colonial era? For the Kaguru of Tanganyika, it meant daily confrontation with the black and white governmental officials tasked with bringing this rural people into the mainstream of colonial African life. T. O. Beidelman's detailed narrative links this administrative world to the Kaguru's wider social, cultural, and geographical milieu, and to the political history, ideas of indirect rule, and the white institutions that loomed just beyond their world. Beidelman unveils the colonial system's problems as it extended its authority into rural areas and shows how these problems persisted even after African independence. 328pp, USA. INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS. 2012 9780253002082 Paperback GBP19.99 =============== 37921 Bennett, Huw FIGHTING THE MAU MAU: The British Army and Counter-Insurgency in the Kenya Emergency British Army counterinsurgency campaigns were supposedly waged within the bounds of international law, overcoming insurgents with the minimum force necessary. This revealing study questions what this meant for the civilian population during the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya in the 1950s, one of Britain's most violent decolonisation wars. For the first time Huw Bennett examines the conduct of soldiers in detail, uncovering the uneasy relationship between notions of minimum force and the colonial tradition of exemplary force where harsh repression was frequently employed as a valid means of quickly crushing rebellion. Although a range of restrained policies such as special forces methods, restrictive rules of engagement and surrender schemes prevented the campaign from degenerating into genocide, the army simultaneously coerced the population to drop their support for the rebels, imposing collective fines, mass detentions and frequent interrogations, often tolerating rape, indiscriminate killing and torture to terrorise the population into submission. 290pp, UK. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS. 2012 9781107656246 Paperback GBP18.99 =============== 37926 Briggs, Philip SOMALILAND WITH ADDIS ABABA AND EASTERN ETHIOPIA: Bradt Travel Guide Little known to the outside world, Somaliland has much to offer the truly intrepid traveller. This pioneering guidebook introduces one of the worlds least chartered travel destinations. Author Philip Briggs covers everything from the low-key capital Hargeisa and mediaeval port of Berbera to peerless rock art sites such as Las Geel, and the scenery and wildlife of the Daallo Escarpment, towering 2,000m high above the pristine reefs of the Gulf of Aden. Somaliland’s ruined cities and historical ports date back 5,000 years and have links with ancient Egypt and Axum in northern Ethiopia, as well as the Ottoman and British Empires. This guide offers background and practical information to every accessible corner of the country with the only real maps in existence of its capital and other large towns, and a section on wildlife. 192pp, UK. BRADT PUBLICATIONS. 2012 9781841623719 Paperback GBP15.99 =============== 37890 Burnet, Jennie E. GENOCIDE LIVES IN US: Women, Memory, and Silence in Rwanda In the aftermath of the 1994 genocide, Rwandan women faced the impossibleresurrecting their lives amidst unthinkable devastation. Haunted by memories of lost loved ones and of their own experiences of violence, women rebuilt their lives from less than nothing. Neither passive victims nor innate peacemakers, they traversed dangerous emotional and political terrain to emerge as leaders in Rwanda today. This clear and engaging ethnography of survival tackles three interrelated phenomena - memory, silence, and justice - and probes the contradictory roles women played in post-genocide reconciliation. 304pp, USA. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN PRESS. 2012 9780299286446 Paperback GBP26.99 =============== 37925 Collier, Gordon (Ed.) FOCUS ON NIGERIA: Literature and Culture MATATU - Journal for African Cultures and Society, 40. Studies of contemporary Nigerian literature, a selection of short fiction and poetry, and a range of essays on various themes of political, artistic, socio-linguistic, and sociological interest. Contributions on theatre focus on the fool as dramatic character and on the feminist theatre of exclusion (Tracie Uto-Ezeajugh). Several essays examine the poetry of Hope Eghagha and the Delta writer Tanure Ojaide. Studies of the prose fiction of Chinua Achebe, Tayo Olafioye, Uwem Akpan, and Chimamanda Adichie are complemented by a searching exposé of the exploitation of Ayi Kwei Armah on the part of the metropolitan publishing world and by a recent interview with the poet Jumoko Verissimo. Traditional culture is considered in articles on historical sites in Ile-Ife, witchcraft in Etsako warfare, and the Awonmili women’s collective in Awka. Linguistically oriented studies consider political speeches, drug advertising, and Yoruba anthroponyms. Perform-ance-focused essays focus on Emirate court spectacle (durbar), Yoruba drum poetry in contemporary media, gospel music, indigenization and islamization of military music, and the role of the filmmaker. Contributions of broader relevance deal with Islamic components of Nigerian culture, the decline of the educational system, and the socio-economic impact of acquisitive culture. 498pp, NETHERLANDS. RODOPI. 2012 9789042035720 Hardback GBP89.00 =============== 37923 Crisafulli, Patricia & Redmond, Andrea RWANDA INC.: How a Devastated Nation Became an Economic Model for the Developing World Argues that seventeen years after the genocide that made Rwanda international news, the country has achieved a miraculous turnaround. A war-torn country filled with mass graves, it has adopted the most promising African model for economic development, shepherded by its shrewd and decisive president, Paul Kagame. In this compelling portrait of one of Africa's success stories, Patricia Crisafulli & Andrea Redmond look at Kagame's leadership and the key elements of the so-called Rwanda Model, including self-determination and self-sufficiency, and their potential to challenge the old model of dependence on Western aid in the developing world. They also explore the role of the West in assisting Rwanda with one of its most important goals today: to educate its young people with nine years of compulsory schooling, and then sending the best and brightest to U.S. colleges and universities. 256pp, UK. PALGRAVE. 2012 9780230340220 Hardback GBP16.99 =============== 37757 Ellis, Stephen EXTERNAL MISSION: The ANC in Exile, 1960-1990 Nelson Mandela's release from prison in February 1990 was one of the most memorable moments of recent decades. It came a few days after the removal of the ban on the African National Congress; founded a century ago and outlawed in 1960, it had transferred its headquarters abroad and opened what it termed an External Mission. For the thirty years following its banning, the ANC had fought relentlessly against the apartheid state. Finally voted into office in 1994, the ANC today regards its armed struggle as the central plank of its legitimacy. External Mission is the first study of the ANC s period in exile, based on a full range of sources in southern Africa and Europe. These include the ANC s own archives and also those of the Stasi, the East German ministry that trained the ANC's security personnel. It reveals that the decision to create the Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation) -- a guerrilla army which later became the ANC's armed wing -- was made not by the ANC but by its allies in the South African Communist Party after negotiations with Chinese leader Mao Zedong. In this impressive work, Ellis shows that many of the strategic decisions made, and many of the political issues that arose during the course of that protracted armed struggle, had a lasting effect on South Africa, shaping its society even up to the present day. 88pp, UK. HURST. 2012 9781849042628 Hardback GBP20.00 =============== 37932 Feld, Steven JAZZ COSMOPOLITANISM IN ACCRA: Five Musical Years in Ghana In this remarkable book, Steven Feld, pioneer of the anthropology of sound, listens to the vernacular cosmopolitan-ism of jazz players in Ghana. Some have travelled widely, played with American jazz greats, and blended Coltrane with local instruments and worldviews. Combining memoir, biography, ethnography, and history, Feld conveys a diasporic intimacy and dialogue that contests American nationalist and Afrocentric narratives of jazz history. His stories of Accra's jazz cosmopolitanism feature Ghanaba/Guy Warren (1923-2008), the eccentric drummer who befriended the likes of Charlie Parker, Max Roach, and Thelonious Monk in the United States in the 1950s, only to return, embittered, to Ghana, where he became the country's leading experimentalist. Others whose stories feature prominently are Nii Noi Nortey, who fuses the legacies of the 1960s and 1970s black avant-gardes with Pan-African philosophy in sculptural shrines to John Coltrane and Coltrane-inspired musical improvisations; the percussionist Nii Otoo Annan, a traditional master inspired by Coltrane's drummers Elvin Jones and Rashied Ali; and a union of Accra truck and minibus drivers whose squeeze-bulb honk horn music for driver funerals resonates with the jazz funerals of New Orleans. Feld describes these artists' cosmopolitan outlook as an acoustemology, a way of knowing the world through sound. 312pp, USA. DUKE UNIVERSITY PRESS. 2012 9780822351627 Paperback GBP15.99 =============== 37928 Field, Sean ORAL HISTORY, COMMUNITY AND DEVELOPMENT: Imagining Memories in Post-Apartheid South Africa This book uses oral history methodology to record stories of people who experienced the brunt of racist forced removals in the city of Cape Town, South Africa. Through life stories and community case studies, it traces the human impact of this disruptive, often violent feature of apartheid's social engineering. 240pp, UK. PALGRAVE. 2012 9780230108905 Hardback GBP55.00 =============== 37775 Frost, Diane FROM THE PIT TO THE MARKET: Politics and the Diamond Economy in Sierra Leone Diamonds have played an important role in the political economy of Sierra Leone, as was highlighted by the use of 'conflict' or 'blood' diamonds in the decade-long civil war. Conflict diamonds were used not only by rebels, military groups and others inside Sierra Leone and Liberia, but also by groups extending beyond the borders of West Africa: global criminal networks, international terror groups, and 'legitimate' transnational companies. The diamond trade in Sierra Leone has also been subject to exploitation by global business interests, a form of corporate neo-colonialist predation that continues today and which has curbed the country's growth, while recent newspaper headlines also demonstrate the currency of rough diamonds. Sierra Leone's diamonds have been used to finance factions in Lebanon's civil war, criminal networks in the US and Russia, and al-Qaeda. The marginalization and exclusion of Sierra Leone, this book argues, mean that it, and other such resource-rich nations, remain reliant on aid. 248pp, UK. JAMES CURREY PUBLISHERS. 2012 9781847010605 Paperback GBP19.99 =============== 37785 Gilder, Barry SONGS AND SECRETS: South Africa from Liberation to Governance A decade into its hard-won democracy, South Africa and its ruling party, the ANC, have been through turbulent times: confrontation between Thabo Mbeki and his then deputy Jacob Zuma; the dismissal of Zuma as Deputy; Zuma's defeat of Mbeki in ANC presidential elections; and the recall of Mbeki as South African President, are events that have left many ANC cadres politically and emotionally aghast. Were these events the result of personal enmity? Was the broad church that the ANC had become to unite all forces in the struggle against apartheid beginning to break up? Or did the roots lie in the global dynamic that allowed South Africa its freedom as the Cold War cooled? Written in an anecdotal style, and with a cinematic quality, Songs and Secrets explores these questions through the viewfinder of a former high-ranking member of the ANC's secret intelligence wing. It follows Gilder into the ANC's military camps in Angola; to Moscow for spycraft training; to the underground in Botswana; and into leadership positions in the administration of the new government. Gilder's frank, compelling memoir explores the personal, political, psychological and historical realities that gave birth to the new South Africa, in particular the oft-ignored conditions in which the ANC government tried to turn apartheid around. 288pp, UK. HURST. 2012 9781849042376 Hardback GBP20.00 =============== 37909 Heidenriech-Seleme, Lien & O'Toole, Sean (Eds.) UBER(W)UNDEN: Art in Troubled Times The intellectual and imaginative engagement of social trauma is presented in this book that investigates how writers, visual artists, theatre practitioners, musicians, filmmakers, dancers, and photographers from sub-Saharan Africa and Germany have creatively responded to traumata. Building off a conference hosted by the Goethe-Institut of South Africa in 2011, the book creates an open dialogue through both words and visuals surrounding culture and conflict. The roles of artists during crisis and social change are examined, as well as the impact and aesthetic vocabulary that is created to react to, engage, or heal the trauma. 270pp, SOUTH AFRICA. JACANA. 2012 9781431404971 Hardback GBP25.00 =============== 37929 Kuranga, David Oladipupo THE POWER OF INTERDEPENDENCE: Lessons from Africa International organizations have drastically increased in number since the end of the Second World War, while also becoming more sophisticated and advanced. Despite this, little work has been done within international relations to evaluate the power of these structures independent of and in relation to other actors in the global system. This groundbreaking study assesses the impact and power of African IOs in the international system via case studies from Togo, Mauritania, and Sao Tomé and Príncipe, and to reasonably determine the role they may play in the future. 202pp, UK. PALGRAVE. 2012 9781137019950 Paperback GBP19.99 =============== 37924 Makokha, J.K.S., Obiero, Ogone John & West-Pavlov, Russell (Eds.) STYLE IN AFRICAN LITERATURE: Essays on Literary Stylistics and Narrative Styles Postcolonial and contemporary African literatures have always been marked by an acute sensitivity to the politics of language, an attentiveness inscribed in the linguistic fabric of their own modes of expression. It is curious however, that despite the prevalence of a much-touted 'linguistic turn' in twentieth century theory and cultural production, language has frequently been neglected by literary studies in general. Even more curiously, postcolonial literary studies, an erstwhile emergent and now established discipline which has from the outset contained important elements of linguistic critique, has eschewed any sustained engagement with this topic. This absence is salient in the study of African literatures, despite, for instance, the prominence of orature in the African literary tradition right up to the present day, and sporadic meditations on the part of such luminaries as Achebe and Ngugi. Beyond this, however, there has been little scholarly work attuned to the multifarious aspects of language and linguistic politics in the study of African literature. The present volume aims to rectify such lacunae by making a substantial interdisciplinary and transcultural contribution to the gradual reinstatement of the 'linguistic turn' in African literary studies. The volume focuses variously on postcolonial and transcultural African literatures, areas of literary production where the confluence of several languages, whether indigenous and (post)colonial in the first case, and local and global in the second case, appears to be a central and decisive factor in the formation and transformation of the continent and its peoples' cultural identities. 446pp, NETHERLANDS. RODOPI. 2012 9789042034761 Hardback GBP81.00 =============== 37918 Mhlambi, Innocentia Jabulisile NEW PERSPECTIVES ON AFRICAN-LANGUAGE LITERATURES: Reading of isiZulu Fiction and Popular Black Television Series Charts new directions in the study of African-language literatures generally, and isiZulu fiction in particular. Mhlambi proposes that African popular arts and culture models be considered as a logical solution to the debates and challenges informing discourses about expressive forms in African languages. 220pp, SOUTH AFRICA. WITWATERSRAND UNIVERSITY PRESS. 2012 9781868145652 Paperback GBP26.99 =============== 37889 Ngugi wa Thiong'o IN THE HOUSE OF THE INTERPRETER: A Memoir Poignantly evokes the authors life and times at boarding schoolthe first secondary educational institution in British-ruled Kenya in the 1950s, against the backdrop of the tumultuous Mau Mau Uprising for independence and Kenyan sovereignty. While Ngugi has been enjoying scouting trips, chess tournaments, and reading about the fictional RAF pilot adventurer Biggles at the prestigious Alliance High School near Nairobi, things have been changing rapidly at home. Poised as he is between two worlds, Ngugi returns home for his first visit since starting school to find his house razed and the entire village moved up the road, closer to a guard checkpoint. Later, his brother Good Wallace, a member of the insurgency, is captured by the British and taken to a concentration camp. As for Ngug himself, he falls victim to the forces of colonialism in the person of a police officer encountered on a bus journey, and he is thrown into jail for six days. In his second year at Alliance High School, the boarding school that was his haven in a heartless world is shattered by investigations, charges of disloyalty, and the politics of civil unrest. 256pp, UK. HARVILL SECKER. 2012 9781846556289 Hardback GBP16.99 =============== 37930 Okome, Mojúbàolú Olúfúnké & Vaughan, Olufemi (Eds.) TRANSNATIONAL AFRICA AND GLOBALIZATION The dawn of neoliberal rationality in Africa in the 1980s coincided with a massive exodus of skilled Africans to the global North. Moving beyond the 'push and pull' framework that has dominated studies of this phenomenon, this collection instead looks at African transnational migrations against the backdrop of rapid and intensifying globalization. In doing so, it explores a dimension usually neglected in most accounts the ways in which transna-tionalism as a whole is largely a function of the remarkable adaptability and innovation of actual migrants. 274pp, UK. PALGRAVE. 2012 9780230338661 Hardback GBP55.00 =============== 37914 Soderlund, Walter C., Briggs, E. Donald, Najem, Tom Pierre & Roberts, Blake C. AFRICA'S DEADLIEST CONFLICT: Media Coverage of the Humanitarian Disaster in the Congo & the United Nations Response, 1997-2008 Examines with the complex intersection of the legacy of post-colonial history a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions and changing norms of international intervention associated with the idea of human security and the responsibility to protect (R2P). It attempts to explain why, despite a softening of norms related to the sanctity of state sovereignty, the international community dealt so ineffectively with a brutal conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which between 1997 and 2011 claimed an estimated 5.5 million. In particular, the book focuses on the role of mass media in creating a will to intervene, a role considered by many to be the key to prodding a reluctant international community to action. Included in the book are a primer on Congolese history, a review of United Nations peacekeeping missions in the Congo, and a detailed examination of both US television news and New York Times coverage of the Congo from 1997 through 2008. Separate conclusions are offered with respect to peacekeeping in the Age of R2P and on the role of mass media in both promoting and inhibiting robust interna-tional responses to large-scale humanitarian crises. 275pp, CANADA. WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY PRESS. 2012 9781554588350 Paperback GBP34.99 =============== 37704 Taylor, Scott D. GLOBALIZATION AND THE CULTURES OF BUSINESS IN AFRICA: From Patrimonialism to Profit Can Africa develop businesses beyond the extractive or agricultural sectors? What would it take for Africa to play a major role in global business? By focusing on recent changes, Scott D. Taylor demonstrates how Africa's business culture is marked by an unprecedented receptivity to private enterprise. Challenging persistent stereotypes about crony capitalism and the lack of development, Taylor reveals a long and dynamic history of business in Africa. He shows how a hospitable climate for business has been spurred by institutional change, globalization, and political and economic reform. Taylor encourages a broader understanding of the mosaic of African business and the diversity of influences and cultures that shape it. 256pp, USA. INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS. 2012 9780253005731 Paperback GBP18.99 =============== 37927 Wilén, Nina JUSTIFYING INTERVENTIONS IN AFRICA: (De)Stabilizing Sovereignty in Liberia, Burundi and the Congo Attempts to answer the paradoxical question of how to stabilize a state through external intervention without destabilizing sovereignty. Examines the justifications for international and regional interventions in the cases of Liberia, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 240pp, UK. PALGRAVE. 2012 9780230313989 Hardback GBP57.50 =============== 37908 Yudelman, Dale LIFE: Under Democracy The Ernest Cole Photographic Award has been established to stimulate creative work in photography in southern Africa. The award, initiated by the UCT Libraries has been named after the documentary photographer, Ernest Cole. The emphasis of the award is on creative responses to South African society. The winner of the inaugural award is Dale Yudelman and this book is the first in a series of annual publications to be published under the auspices of this award. The series of photographs, Life under Democracy, was inspired by the Ernest Cole exhibition at the National Gallery in Cape Town, in February 2011. Cole's images feature life under apartheid. Yudelman's series looks at life under democracy and where we are after eighteen years of liberation. Many of the images were shot in passing and are personal daily reflections - while others involve more deliberate excursions. Yudelman returns to the areas he photographed in the 'eighties, for the series, Suburbs in Paradise, which cross-examines white suburbia under the influence of legislated segregation. To gain perspective, he also visits some of the people and areas Cole photographed. A sense of how much has changed begins to develop; and in some cases how much has stayed the same. As if in conversation, Yudelman uses his iPhone camera as a means of discourse. The senses are unified through a device, historically utilised for discussion, in turn, mirroring the merging of a nation whose past is omnipresent. 224pp, SOUTH AFRICA. JACANA. 2012 9781431406135 Paperback GBP19.95 =============== =============== Books marked DELAY may take a while to arrive if we do not have them in stock; orders to African publishers can take many months, so please be patient. All prices are in British pounds sterling (GBP). We aim to despatch all orders within two weeks. Orders outside the UK are usually shipped fortnightly. Postage (air accelerated outside the UK) will be added to the costs of the books. Postage is usually 20 per cent of the price of the book with a minimum charge of GBP3.00; heavier items will attract higher postage costs. Customers in the USA please note that at the date of this mailing the Pound is worth about 1.55 US Dollars. 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