Subject Area: South Africa

Afro-Christian Religion at the Grassroots in South Africa
1991 0-88946-226-7


An Analysis of South Africa's Education Policy Documents
2006 0-7734-5616-3
The language of education policy documents indicates the nature of the society South African educational policy-makers envisioned in a country where people from diverse backgrounds share the same geographical space. The language indicates how they perceived both themselves and the various groups in their society and points to concerns which, couched in similar-sounding terms as regimes have changed, often have the same ideological content and reflect the aspirations of the respective dominant group. Today, this is no longer the white minority, but what it has perhaps always been, the “first-world” – global – economy. South Africa’s educational policy documents from four periods are examined: the Period of Colonization 1652-1910; the Era of Segregation 1910-1948; Apartheid: the Years After 1948; 1994: the ANC, South Africa and a Government of National Unity.

Concepts of the ‘self’ and the ‘other’ present in the non-homogenous society within which the documents were formulated are identified, as are the concerns underlying educational policies. Models developed by Van Dijk on the relevance of political, social and historical context in discourse analysis, by Halliday and Hasan on cohesion, by Fairclough on language as the carrier of ideology, by Lakoff and Johnson on experimental metaphors, and by Vaughan on dominant themes in discourse, are adapted to examine how the language used encodes, reflects, and creates the reality of South African society in general and of education policy in particular.

Language, Christianity and nationalism are identified as the underlying concerns. Their subservience to the economic interests of the dominant group raises questions as to the practical possibilities of changing meaning systems when prejudice and racism are institutionalized to serve the purposes of those wishing to retain economic dominance. This study demonstrates that despite political change, the style and register of the language used and the concerns underlying educational policies in South Africa are continuous and congruous.

Biographical Encyclopedia of Medical Travel Authors: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Pacific and the Antarctic
2010 0-7734-3683-9
The collection is a wide-ranging reference guide. The six volumes are made up of one-paragraph biographies of medical travel authors drawn from all peoples and regions of the world. The authors are included because they have published a book of travel or have left significant material of book potential. Some space is given to travellers from abroad into the region represented by the volume.

Biography of F. C. Erasmus, South African Defence Minister, 1948-1959
2012 0-7734-2586-1
This book reconsiders the life of former South African Defense Minister, F.C. Erasmus. Although an architect of the Nationalists' post-war election victory, he was not considered a minster of the first rank. Erasmus initiated a process of ridding the defense force of officers who he believed were associated with the government of Jan Smuts. Erasmus felt that the armed services had been too British in its ethos and appearance and wanted to create a force that was uniquely South African. However, without an immanent military threat, Erasmus never received a substantial budgetary allocation to modernize the military which left the military unable to assist the civil power in suppressing disturbances. Moreover, while Erasmus sought to cement South Africa’s relations with the West, he was unsuccessful in creating an anti-communist alliance for the land and maritime defense of Africa. This new biography looks at the events and time period that shaped this period of South African history in an attempt to correct misinterpretation of this period.

Changing Attitudes of Black South Africans Toward the United States
1989 0-88946-192-9
An analysis, based on a number of in-depth interviews, of the impact the Reagan presidency had and is still having on the attitudes of black South Africans toward Americans and the United States. Researches black South African attitudes toward a broad array of international relations issues, including radicalism, violence, capitalism, and socialism, concluding that black South African attitudes toward the United States are becoming increasingly more hostile.

Colonia Boer, an Afrikaner Settlement in Chubut, Argentina
1995 0-7734-8975-4
This study is an historical community study, the first research on this group of Boers/Afrikaners who, following the Anglo-Boer War, refused to take the oath of loyalty to the British Crown, and instead emigrated, creating a settlement in Chubut, Argentina. It blends migration theory and ethnicity, documents the conditions which gave rise to the emigration, the names of individuals who migrated, the farms established in Argentina, the bleak living conditions and hardships. It is also the first report of the fact that a number of Blacks emigrated with the settlers. It contains an exhaustive survey of all documents and literature in Afrikaans, Dutch, English, and Spanish.

Critical Review of Racial Theology in South Africa. The Apartheid Bible
1990 0-7734-9794-3
Addresses the question of whether South Africa will succeed in building a non-racial and democratic society out of the ruins of apartheid. Describes the philosophy that led to the acceptance by the Dutch Reformed Church of biblical proofs for apartheid in 1943 and eventually led to its rejection in 1986. Makes a structural analysis of South African history, showing the interaction between social realities and white theology in each succeeding phase, in an effort to improve the fact that although "apartheid watchers" and interpreters of contemporary South African society recognize the importance of the Afrikaana churches in the political process, they often find it difficult to assess the role of the churches.

Entrepreneurship in South Africa and in the United States. Comparative Studies
2008 0-7734-5069-6
This work provides a comprehensive examination of the realities, changes, and public policy outcomes that are influenced by the African-American entrepreneurship experience. An excellent resource, it examines perspectives from which all businesses, ranging from small to large national and international, can benefit.

Formation of the Zulu Kingdom in South Africa, 1750-1840
1991 0-7734-9898-2
Argues that the Zulu kingdom did not emerge as a revolutionary outburst; rather, state formation among the northern Nguni-speaking peoples of southern Africa began as much as a half-century before Shaka. The evidence suggests that this process began among lowland chiefdoms as a defensive response to the incursions of upland pastoralists. Lowland chiefdoms transformed traditional circumcision sets into multifunctional amabutho for better defense and productivity. When famine occurred in the early 1800s, major ruling houses made use of disciplined age-set regiments to compete for desirable ecological zones. The Zulu leader Shaka (ca. 1787-1828) based his expansionary program on these versatile amabutho and from them forged a centralized state.

From the Nightmare of South African Apartheid to an American University Chancellor. The Life of Thomas K. Ranuga
2015 1-4955-0318-6
This is a memoir whose ultimate objective is to trace in forthright terms the trying and painful odyssey of the author before, during and even after Apartheid. It is a uniquely personal story about the long nightmare of the trials and tribulations of white supremacy/Apartheid that marked the life of the writer from infancy through the teenage stage to adulthood.


Gold Mining and Politics - Johannesburg 1900-1907 the Origins of the Old South Africa? Vol. 1
2000 0-7734-7521-4
The Anglo-Boer War and the subsequent Reconstruction of the Transvaal by the British Crown Colony Government have long been recognized as a major watershed in South African history. This study examines the Reconstruction by focusing on two groups which were at its heart – the Rand British industrial population, and the mining financiers who were so influential amongst them. The former group has never been thoroughly studied, and depictions of the latter have usually been unduly picturesque or narrowly materialistic. This study examines the intimate relationship, both collaborative and combative, between the two groups, and on industrial and other material issues which underpinned the groups’ existence. With illustrations.

Gold Mining and Politics - Johannesburg 1900-1907 the Origins of the Old South Africa? Vol. 2
2000 0-7734-7523-0
The Anglo-Boer War and the subsequent Reconstruction of the Transvaal by the British Crown Colony Government have long been recognized as a major watershed in South African history. This study examines the Reconstruction by focusing on two groups which were at its heart – the Rand British industrial population, and the mining financiers who were so influential amongst them. The former group has never been thoroughly studied, and depictions of the latter have usually been unduly picturesque or narrowly materialistic. This study examines the intimate relationship, both collaborative and combative, between the two groups, and on industrial and other material issues which underpinned the groups’ existence. With illustrations.

Historiography and Historical Sources Regarding African Indigenous Churches in South Africa
1995 0-7734-9149-X


History of New Brighton Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 1903-1953
2002 0-7734-6957-5
This is the history of the first fifty years of Port Elizabeth’s ‘shadow’ and oldest existing township, New Brighton. Part One outlines the economic, demographic and political context for understanding the City Council’s policies toward its African population. Part Two examines the establishment, financing, administration and control of New Brighton by local officialdom. Part Three fleshes out the social, cultural and political history of the New Brighton community, exploring social identities and practices, including church involvement and sports and leisure activities. It examines the high levels of political activism in the community, and accounts for the increase in violent behavior. The study is based on documentary as well as oral evidence. It moves beyond the political economy paradigm to incorporate insights from anthropology, cultural studies, and discourse analysis. With illustrations.

History of the South African Mine Workers’ Union, 1902-2014
2016 1-4955-0460-3
“This excellent and uniquely fascinating book by Wessel Visser fills an important gap in the historiography on South African labour history, viz the need for a comprehensive study on the history of the Mine Workers Union and its role and impact on the South African society…”
-Professor Anton Senekal,
Department of Sociology,
University of Johannesburg



History of the University College of Fort Hare, South Africa - The 1950s the Waiting Years
2001 0-7734-7398-X
In 1916, under missionary auspices, the South African Native College was established, the first college instituted for higher education of the Blacks in Southern Africa. In 1951 it was affiliated with Rhodes University and renamed The University College of Fort Hare. By that time it had acquired an enviable reputation. Among its graduates are many who today hold high office in and outside South Africa, Nelson Mandela being the most distinguished. In 1948, the Afrikaner Nationalist Government was elected. It was committed to the implementation of apartheid, including the creation of separate educational facilities, and in 1960 the University College of Fort Hare was taken over by that Government, as a college for Xhosa students only. It became one of four ethnic colleges, while admission to the White “open” universities was severely curtailed. This book examines how staff and students opposed the legislation to place the college under government control and reduce its staff to civil servants. The affairs of the college are discussed against the background of rapidly changing conditions in South Africa, with campus disturbances and protests sometimes linked to the wider application of apartheid.

Inculturation of the Christian Mission to Heal in the South African Context
1999 0-7734-8023-4
One of the most visible phenomena in African Christianity is the growth of churches and sects offering healing. It is happening throughout the continent but is most marked in South Africa. This volume examines this phenomenon from different angles to present a comprehensive understanding from medical, psychological, cultural, socio-economic, philosophical, and theological perspectives. Starting with this description of religious healing, Bate develops a theological model within which this experience can be articulated in terms of the Church's mission to heal. He does this using the increasingly important theological notion of inculturation.

Irony of Apartheid. The Struggle for National Independence of Afrikaner Calvinism Against British Imperialism
1981 0-88946-904-0


Life of David Peter Faure, a Unitarian in South Africa
2010 0-7734-1289-1
This exploration of Faure’s life provides not only the history of an individual but also information on the controversies in the political, spiritual, judicial and journalistic worlds which were shaping South Africa on the road to Union and apartheid.

Life of Statesman and Industrialist Sir James Sivewright of South Africa, 1848-1916: Builder of Railways, Telegraphs and Waterworks
2010 0-7734-3673-1
This work examines the imperial and republican consequences of the Industrial Revolution and global capitalism on South Africa through the eyes of Sir James Sivewright, advanced telegraphist, adept politician, and successful entrepreneur. This book contains thirteen black and white photographs and ten color photographs.

Media in South Africa after Apartheid
2006 0-7734-5744-5
This collection of essays provides a systemic evaluation of the transition experience of media and correlate institutions in the decade following the introduction of a multiracial democracy in South Africa. The contributors, from inside and outside South Africa, assess the transition experience from multiple perspectives.

Naming Among the Xhosa of South Africa
2005 0-7734-6167-1
This is the first comprehensive monograph on naming in the Xhosa speaking community in South Africa. Although onomastic studies in South Africa have a fairly long history, the emphasis has been mainly on toponyms, and then not on data from the indigenous African communities. With the coming into being of the Names Society of Southern Africa in 1980, as well as its official mouthpiece, the journal Nomina Africana, the discipline received a very necessary stimulus. Various contributions on Xhosa naming did appear regularly in the journal, but episodically. This work brings together all available scholarly research on Xhosa naming as well as recent research by the author. It not only covers the well-known categories such as anthroponyms and toponyms, but also lesser-known topics such as the names of minibus taxis and month names. The work also incorporates other recent and relevant onomastic studies in particularly Southern African communities. This book should be of great value to names scholars working in Southern Africa, as well as further afield. Naming in Africa often takes on other dimensions than in western society, and this work illustrates this well regarding Xhosa society. The socio-onomastic approach should also interest anthropologists, ethnographers, sociologists, cultural studies experts, and even the general public who wish to learn more about Xhosa society as reflected through naming.

Perspectives in Theology and Mission From South Africa Signs of the Times
1993 0-7734-1950-0
The unifying factor in this collection is that all the writers are involved at some level in the project of liberation inasmuch as they are mostly theological educators. Several propositions concerning the church in mission and evangelism are treated in such a way that they resonate strongly with `the new approach to the Christian mission' as propounded by Professor Willem Krige.

Profit, Principle and Apartheid, 1948-1994. The Conflict of Economic and Moral Issues in United States- South African Relations
1997 0-7734-8606-2
This study is a chronological history of the moral and economic factors which have influenced United States-South African relations since 1948, accessible to students, academics and the general readers. The chapters are primarily divided according to US presidential terms to show how each administration has dealt with the problems of supporting business interests while denouncing South Africa's racial policies. Included are the basic debates over divestment, international criticism, and the development of apartheid. It can also be used for US history, political science, and African history classes.

Quakers in South Africa a Social Witness
2002 0-7734-7104-9
This is an account of the Quakers and their activities in South Africa up through the 20th century. After an overview of early Quaker history in South Africa, it examines their responses to segregation, apartheid, the defiance and resistance campaigns, and their position on sanctions and reconciliation.

Reprint Edition of the Principles of Politics by Arthur Ritchie Lord
2006 0-7734-5591-4
These volumes collect and introduce the major writings of the British/South African philosopher Arthur Ritchie Lord (1880-1941). Regarded as one of the finest minds in South African philosophy in the early twentieth century, Lord nevertheless published little during his lifetime part from his The Principles of Politics (1921) and a few short essays. The editors of these volumes bring together not only Lord’s published work, but almost all of his previously-unpublished lectures and essays.

Role of Freedom Park in Facilitating Reconciliation in South Africa: A Site for Cultural Heritage Education and Political Tourism
2016 1-4955-0465-4
This book seeks to examine the extent to which Freedom Park, as a post-apartheid monument of reconciliation, has contributed to healing of individual and collective painful memories and past wounds suffered by victims of apartheid with a specific focus on accounts given by military veterans, visitors and community members.


Roots of United States Foreign Policy Toward Apartheid South Africa, 1969-1985
1997 0-7734-2294-3
This study examines the relationship between owners of the United States multinational corporations of South Africa and the United States government. The significance of the study is threefold: 1) demonstrating how the United States foreign policy from Nixon to Reagan changed in basic strategy without a fundamental change in its mission, in terms of its support of the apartheid regime; 2) throwing more light on the US government's economic, political and military-strategic interest in South Africa and its symbiotic relations with the apartheid regime; and 3) contributing to the existing knowledge of the US involvement in South Africa by linking public opinion with the class interest of American foreign policy during the administrations of Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan.

Rural Livelihoods and Rural Development in South Africa: The Case of the Eastern Cape Province
2014 0-7734-4369-X
The book draws on a broad phenomenological approach to understanding why the post-apartheid government’s top-down approaches has failed to alleviate poverty in South Africa. It provides an examination of the bottom-up approach to poverty alleviation by pointing out the vulnerability, capability and capacity of the rural people to cope and develop sustainable livelihoods approaches dependent on their available resources and networking relationships.

School-University Partnerships for Educational Change in Rural South Africa: Particular Challenges and Practical Cases
2011 0-7734-1398-7
Partnerships for Hope: School-University Collaborations for Educational Change in Rural South Africa explores the importance of improving teacher preparation, especially for those who will be teaching in rural areas since this can also be an entry point for supporting teachers, learners, and the community as a whole. In Essence, teacher preparation for working in rural areas can be regarded as a development path in and of itself a hopeful one that invests in young people who choose teaching as a career.

The book draws together a series of chapters by new and leading scholars working in the area of rurality and teacher education.

South Africa and the Marxist Movement a Study in Double Standards
1989 0-88946-174-0
While there are not many people who still believe that "scientific socialism" can "scientifically" bring about more just and humane societies, Bardis speaks of an all-pervasive spirit of criticism which continually undercuts any attempt to build such societies. He also causes us to consider the way such criticism has become the fashion in politics and can be used to establish new and sometimes more oppressive political regimes than the traditional systems.

South Africa, Shakespeare, and Post-Colonial Culture
2005 0-7734-6076-4
This book works within the frameworks of post-colonial studies and cultural studies in order to theorise, and then to illustrate, the possibilities for cultural creation in the context of oppression. It re-works the concept of hybridity, and the philosophies of liberalism and humanism, in order to suggest that these important and much-contested terrains within critical theory have specific potential in a South African context. This book applies these theoretical points to a specific trajectory of writing in English in the region, which it finds embodied in the writing of Solomon Plaatje, Peter Abrahams, Es’kia Mphahlele, Bloke Modisane, and Can Themba. By seeking to unlock the complex and sometimes contradictory ways in which Shakespeare is useful to these writers, the book addresses the traditional imbalance of knowledges in Shakespeare Studies by conceptualizing the presence of Shakespeare in these texts as indicative of an act of cultural appropriation and political resistance. Ultimately, the book makes a contribution to post-colonial and cultural studies’ engagements with how culture works, how resistance is inscribed, and what role theory can play in the neo-colonial world.

Study in Trans-Ethnicity in Modern South Africa the Writings of Alex La Guma (1925-1985)
1993 0-7734-9186-4
This study examines the fiction and non-fiction work of Alex La Guma, including his early journalism. It incorporates some works, especially his cartoon series Little Libby: The Adventures of Liberation Chabalala, hitherto unused in any literary analysis of the author. This study undertakes a rigorous and sustained examination of the way in which the South African social context works into the literary text of La Guma, and how it permeates his vision of a trans-ethnic society in South Africa.

Urban Agriculture in South Africa: A Study of the Eastern Cape Province
2012 0-7734-3039-3
This volume includes quantitative and qualitative analysis of urban farming in relation to agricultural production and public policy in South Africa. Thornton shows the complexity of the issue as it relates to rampant unemployment and how it can quell certain social problems like a lack of food. Urban farming should, theoretically, be prolific in developing countries experiencing problems associated with modernization which creates food security issues. It also provides employment opportunities for urban poor, but this is met with stigmatizing among modern-thinking youth who want to avoid traditional occupations.

The author provides an overview of the most urban country in Africa, South Africa, and how for a long time politics impeded urban agriculture. It is widely understood that urban agriculture is an important livelihood strategy among the poor for food security and income generation in developing countries. In South Africa, it is emerging as a strategy for poverty alleviation. Despite high unemployment, urban agriculture appears less robust among South Africa’s urban poor households when compared to other developing countries.

The reason for this is the role of a social welfare grant system which provides the key source of household income for most people. The book explores the nature and geographical extent of urban agriculture in one of South Africa’s poorest provinces, the Eastern Cape.

Writing of Ezekiel [es'kia] Mphahlele, South African Writer Literature, Culture and Politics
1995 0-7734-2285-4
This study covers Mphahlele's writing in the genres of the novel, autobiography and short story. His writing is closely analyzed against a background of existing critical and theoretical understandings of these genres and the relationship of these concepts to literature, culture, politics. It draws on Mphahlele's own criticism and other polemical works as invaluable sources. Mphahlele's writing explores Black life in South Africa and protests against apartheid, exploring culture and politics.

Zionist Christian Church in South Africa. A Case Study in Oral Theology
1995 0-7734-9147-3
The over-rationalisation of the church has alienated it from the people at the grassroots level by alienating itself from the holistic emphases of the Christian message. The author proposes a more balanced approach to theology and warns against the predominant Western-oriented disposition to theology in the African context. As hymns and choruses play such a vital role in the dynamic mini-churches related to the AIC, the author's excellent study of these hymns presents a well-documented analysis of a major devotional activity.