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Inequality Studies From The Global South (Paperback): David Francis, Imraan Valodia, Edward Webster Inequality Studies From The Global South (Paperback)
David Francis, Imraan Valodia, Edward Webster
R420 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R110 (26%) In stock

This book offers an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to thinking about inequality, and to understanding how inequality is produced and reproduced in the global South.

Without the safety net of the various Northern welfare states, inequality in the global South is not merely a socio-economic problem, but an existential threat to the social contract that underpins the democratic state and society itself. Only a response that is firrmly grounded in the context of the global South can hope to address this problem. This collection brings together scholars from across the global South to address broad thematic areas such as the conceptual and methodological challenges of measuring inequality; the political economy of inequality; inequality in work, households and the labour market; and inequalities in land, spaces and cities. The book concludes by suggesting alternatives for addressing inequality in the global South and around the world.

The pioneering ideas and theories put forward by this volume make it essential reading for students and researchers of global inequality across the fields of sociology, economics, law, politics, global studies and development studies.

State, Governance And Development In Africa (Paperback): Firoz Khan, Greg Ruiters, Euonell Grundling, Zwelinzima Ndevu, Basani... State, Governance And Development In Africa (Paperback)
Firoz Khan, Greg Ruiters, Euonell Grundling, Zwelinzima Ndevu, Basani Baloyi 1
R358 R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Save R42 (12%) Ships in 4 - 8 working days

The inspiration for this book was a Summer School on State, Governance and Development presented by distinguished academics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Written by young African scholars, the chapters here focus on state, governance and development in Africa as seen from the authors’ vantage points and positions in different sectors of society.

The book opens with three forewords by eminent African scholars including Ben Turok, Johan Burger and Mohamed Halfani. The chapters that follow examine rent-seeking, patronage, neopatrimonialism and bad governance. They engage with statehood, state-building and statecraft and challenge the mainstream opinions of donors, funders, development banks, international non-governmental organisations and development organisations. They include the role of China in Africa, Kenya’s changing demographics, state accountability in South Africa’s dominant party system, Somalia’s prospects for state-building, urban development and routine violence, and resource mobilisation.

At a time in which core institutions are being tested -- the market, the rule of law, democracy, civil society and representative democracy – this book offers a much-needed multi- and inter-disciplinary perspective, and a different narrative on what is unfolding, while also exposing dynamics that are often overlooked.

It's Only Blood - Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation (Paperback): Anna Dahlqvist It's Only Blood - Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation (Paperback)
Anna Dahlqvist; Translated by Alice E. Olsson
R282 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R26 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Across the world, 2 billion people experience menstruation, yet menstruation is seen as a mark of shame. We are told not to discuss it in public, that tampons and sanitary pads should be hidden away, the blood rendered invisible. In many parts of the world, poverty, culture and religion collide causing the taboo around menstruation to have grave consequences. Younger people who menstruate are deterred from going to school, adults from work, infections are left untreated. The shame is universal and the silence a global rule. In It's Only Blood Anna Dahlqvist tells the shocking but always moving stories of why and how people from Sweden to Bangladesh, from the United States to Uganda, are fighting back against the shame.

Africa - Diversity and Development (Paperback, New): Tony Binns, Alan Dixon, Etienne Nel Africa - Diversity and Development (Paperback, New)
Tony Binns, Alan Dixon, Etienne Nel
R395 R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Save R22 (6%) In stock

For many, Africa is regarded as a place of mystery and negative images, where reports of natural disasters and civil strife dominate media attention, with relatively little publicity given to any of the continent's more positive attributes. Africa has at last begun to receive the depth of interest it has long deserved, in the shape of debates about trade, aid and debt, the 'Make Poverty History' campaign, and the UK's 'Commission on Africa'. But, behind the superficial media facade, Africa is a diverse, complex and dynamic place, with a rich history and a colonial engagement that, although short-lived, was fundamental in determining the long-term future of the continent. At the start of the second decade of the twenty-first century, when the world is engulfed in a major financial crisis, Africa has the dubious distinction of being the world's poorest continent. This book introduces and de-mystifies Africa's diversity and dynamism, and considers how its peoples and environments have interacted through time and space. The background and diversity of Africa's social, cultural, economic, political and environmental systems is examined, as well as key development issues which have affected Africa in the past and are likely to be significant in shaping the future of the continent. These include: the impact of HIV/AIDS; sources of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction; the state and governance; the nature of African economies in a global context and future development trajectories. Africa: Diversity and Development is a refreshing interdisciplinary text which enhances understanding of the background to Africa's current position and clarifies possible future scenarios. It is richly illustrated throughout with diagrams and plates, and contains a wealth of detailed case studies and current data.

Community development - Breaking the cycle of poverty (Paperback, 6th ed): Frik De Beer, Hennie Swanepoel Community development - Breaking the cycle of poverty (Paperback, 6th ed)
Frik De Beer, Hennie Swanepoel 1
R453 R398 Discovery Miles 3 980 Save R55 (12%) Ships in 4 - 8 working days

Community development both a collective effort and an achievement driven by individual facilitators with the aim of lifting a community out of poverty. The sixth edition of Community Development: Breaking the cycle of poverty continues to be a definitive guide for community development workers, students and practitioners alike. The book contextualises poverty and explains the process of community development.

It pays attention to the development environment and explains concepts such as asset-based community development and the social enterprise sector. In addition to context and process, the book details the skills required by a community development worker to function in the field. It also explains how to empower the development worker to train others in order to build capacity in the community and work towards breaking the cycle of poverty.

This edition of Community Development: Breaking the cycle of poverty is strengthened by the inclusion of extensive support material. More practical case studies, specifically relevant to the South African environment, have been added and questions on the case studies are included in the book.

South Africa, Settler Colonialism And The Failures Of Liberal Democracy (Paperback): Thiven Reddy South Africa, Settler Colonialism And The Failures Of Liberal Democracy (Paperback)
Thiven Reddy
R385 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R67 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In South Africa, two unmistakable features describe post-Apartheid politics. The first is the formal framework of liberal democracy, including regular elections, multiple political parties and a range of progressive social rights. The second is the politics of the ‘extraordinary’, which includes a political discourse that relies on threats and the use of violence, the crude re-racialization of numerous conflicts, and protests over various popular grievances. In this highly original work, Thiven Reddy shows how conventional approaches to understanding democratization have failed to capture the complexities of South Africa’s post-Apartheid transition. Rather, as a product of imperial expansion, the South African state, capitalism and citizen identities have been uniquely shaped by a particular mode of domination, namely settler colonialism. South Africa, Settler Colonialism and the Failures of Liberal Democracy is an important work that sheds light on the nature of modernity, democracy and the complex politics of contemporary South Africa.

Building A Capable State - Service Delivery In Post-Apartheid South Africa (Paperback): Ian Palmer, Nishendra Moodley, Susan... Building A Capable State - Service Delivery In Post-Apartheid South Africa (Paperback)
Ian Palmer, Nishendra Moodley, Susan Parnell
R700 Discovery Miles 7 000 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 2016, the new sustainable development goals (SDGs) were signed into being, marking a new phase of global development thinking focused on ecologically, socially and fiscally sustainable human settlements. Few countries offer a better testing ground for their attainment than post-apartheid South Africa.

Since the coming to power of the African National Congress, the country has undergone a policy-making revolution, driven by an urgent need to improve access to services for the country’s black majority. More than 20 years on from the fall of apartheid, Building a Capable State asks what lessons can be learned from the South African experience. This comprehensive examination of urban service delivery in the global South assesses whether the South African government has succeeded in improving service delivery, focusing on the vital sectors of water and sanitation, energy, roads and public transport.

Emphasising the often-overlooked role of local government institutions, the book demonstrates that effective service delivery can have a profound effect on the social structure of emerging economies, and must form an integral part of any future development strategy.

Another Country - Everyday Social Restitution (Paperback): Sharlene Swartz Another Country - Everyday Social Restitution (Paperback)
Sharlene Swartz
R761 Discovery Miles 7 610 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In Another Country: Everyday Social Restitution, author Sharlene Swartz introduces the concept of `social restitution' - understood as the actions and attitudes that everyday people can undertake in dialogue with each other to `make things good' since `making things right' is impossible. In setting out an understanding of and an agenda for social restitution, she offers four ideas based on engaged reflection with sixty ordinary South Africans of all ages, colours and classes. First, injustice damages all our humanity and continues over time, and must be understood before we can simply move forward. Second, that a broad understanding of restitution is a helpful tool to bring about change, and that we need new language beyond the labels of victim and perpetrator to talk about our role in the past (such as beneficiary, resister, ostrich, architect or implementer). Third, that restitution should aim at restoring dignity, opportunity, belonging and memory, and so should include not only symbolic but also practical and financial acts. Fourth, that there is something for everyone to do - individuals and communities, alongside government and institutional efforts, and the best way to decide on what action should be taken is to decide together, in dialogue, across previous divides. This book offers stories, ideas and strong theories for how South Africa can be Another Country in our lifetime.

Africa And The World - Navigating Shifting Geopolitics (Paperback): Mistra Africa And The World - Navigating Shifting Geopolitics (Paperback)
Mistra
R300 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R52 (17%) In stock

Africa and the World: Navigating Shifting Geopolitics is one of the first books to analyse the global geopolitical landscape from an African perspective, with a view to the opportunities and challenges facing the African continent. Authors in this edited volume argue for the need to re-imagine Africa's role in the world.

As a cradle of humanity, a historical fountain of profound scientific knowledge, an object of colonial conquest and, today, a collective of countries seeking to pool their sovereignties in order to improve the human condition, Africa has a unique opportunity to advance its own interests. Authors reflect on all these issues; they outline how developments in the global political economy impact on the continent and, inversely, how Africa can develop a strategic perspective that takes into account the dynamics playing out in a fraught global terrain.

Central to this evaluation is the notion of 'island Africa' a vast island - with resources that extend into the oceans around it - that is a strategic centre by virtue of its geographic location, its endowments and its long-term potential. Authors assert that the positioning of 'island Africa' presents unique political, security and geo-economic benefi ts. Yet they also acknowledge that, as has happened historically, these very advantages can serve as a basis for new forms of domination and exploitation. In addition, this volume takes into account the socio-psychological factors that influence how nations of the world receive and interpret the present, and assess prospects for the future.

The authors go beyond analysis of what is, to venture concrete proposals on what can be, with Africa exercising its agency. This requires the strengthening of continental integration and cohesion in pursuit of ideals that the African Union has enshrined in Agenda 2063. In this way, Africa would be able to engage - in a systemic and disciplined manner - with external powers to assert the continent's own interests which, in their framing, are also the interests of humanity. A continent united in both purpose and action can be an active agent in shaping the evolving global order. This volume makes a strong case for precisely such a perspective and contributes to what should be an ongoing effort to analyse geopolitics with Africa as a critical frame of reference.

The Bottom Billion - Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It (Paperback): Paul Collier The Bottom Billion - Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It (Paperback)
Paul Collier 2
R322 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R102 (32%) In stock

In the universally acclaimed and award-winning The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier reveals that fifty failed states--home to the poorest one billion people on Earth--pose the central challenge of the developing world in the twenty-first century. The book shines much-needed light on this group of small nations, largely unnoticed by the industrialized West, that are dropping further and further behind the majority of the world's people, often falling into an absolute decline in living standards. A struggle rages within each of these nations between reformers and corrupt leaders--and the corrupt are winning. Collier analyzes the causes of failure, pointing to a set of traps that ensnare these countries, including civil war, a dependence on the extraction and export of natural resources, and bad governance. Standard solutions do not work, he writes; aid is often ineffective, and globalization can actually make matters worse, driving development to more stable nations. What the bottom billion need, Collier argues, is a bold new plan supported by the Group of Eight industrialized nations. If failed states are ever to be helped, the G8 will have to adopt preferential trade policies, new laws against corruption, new international charters, and even conduct carefully calibrated military interventions. Collier has spent a lifetime working to end global poverty. In The Bottom Billion, he offers real hope for solving one of the great humanitarian crises facing the world today.
"Terrifically readable."
--Time.com
"Set to become a classic. Crammed with statistical nuggets and common sense, his book should be compulsory reading."
--The Economist
"If Sachs seems too saintly and Easterly too cynical, then Collier is the authentic old Africa hand: he knows the terrain and has a keen ear.... If you've ever found yourself on one side or the other of those arguments--and who hasn't?--then you simply must read this book."
--Niall Ferguson, The New York Times Book Review
"Rich in both analysis and recommendations.... Read this book. You will learn much you do not know. It will also change the way you look at the tragedy of persistent poverty in a world of plenty."
--Financial Times

Smallholder Agriculture and Market Participation - Lessons from Africa (Paperback): Nigel Poole Smallholder Agriculture and Market Participation - Lessons from Africa (Paperback)
Nigel Poole
R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 In stock
Taxing Africa - Coercion, Reform and Development (Paperback): Mick Moore, Wilson Prichard, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad Taxing Africa - Coercion, Reform and Development (Paperback)
Mick Moore, Wilson Prichard, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad
R270 R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Save R47 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

It has long been debated whether Africa's lack of growth is best explained by the continent's exploitation within the global system, or by the failures of domestic political leadership. Tax is no different. International campaigns highlight the ways in which the global economic system undermines Africa's tax collection through tax havens and evasion by multinational firms and wealthy individuals. Meanwhile, other research has focused on domestic barriers to effective taxation, rooted in corruption and the unwillingness or inability of political leaders to take necessary action. Written by leading international experts, Taxing Africa moves beyond this polarizing debate, argues that substantial cultural and political change must come from within African countries themselves. From tackling the collusion of elites with international corporations to enhancing local democratic governance, the book examines the potential for reform, and how it may become a springboard for broader development gains.

Innovation Policy at the Intersection - Global Debates and Local Experiences (Paperback): Mlungisi B.G. Cele, Thierry M... Innovation Policy at the Intersection - Global Debates and Local Experiences (Paperback)
Mlungisi B.G. Cele, Thierry M Luescher, Angela Wilson Fadiji
R180 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R31 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Worldwide, countries have to respond to local and global socio-technological shifts and needs, specifically the transformations wrought by a rapidly shifting understanding of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Science, technology and innovation policy (STI) finds itself at the intersection of these local and global challenges. Innovation Policy at the Intersection: Global Debates and Local Experiences shows that a comprehensive rethink in STI policy-making is required - one that takes a systemic view of the varied challenges, and adopts an inclusive and holistic approach to STI policy. Such a rethink has to bring together the global and local, the theoretical and practical. The chapters in this book follow three broad concerns: The theories and approaches that have historically informed STI policy-making, along with the most influential current approaches in different country contexts; The development and application of comprehensive STI monitoring and evaluation systems as developed and implemented by various public agencies; and The role and function of STI policy advisory bodies within their respective contexts. Innovation Policy at the Intersection provides a comparative lens of different theories and practices across a unique spectrum of national contexts, including Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Finland, Iran, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, South Korea, and Sweden.

Politics Rules - Power, Globalization and Development (Paperback): Adam Sneyd Politics Rules - Power, Globalization and Development (Paperback)
Adam Sneyd
R500 Discovery Miles 5 000 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Beyond Coloniality - Citizenship And Freedom In The Caribbean Intellectual Tradition (Paperback): Aaron Kamugisha Beyond Coloniality - Citizenship And Freedom In The Caribbean Intellectual Tradition (Paperback)
Aaron Kamugisha
R350 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R61 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Against the lethargy and despair of the contemporary Anglophone Caribbean experience, Aaron Kamugisha gives a powerful argument for advancing Caribbean radical thought as an answer to the conundrums of the present.

Beyond Coloniality is an extended meditation on Caribbean thought and freedom at the beginning of the twenty-first century and a profound rejection of the post-independence social and political organization of the Anglophone Caribbean and its contentment with neocolonial arrangements of power. Kamugisha provides a dazzling reading of two towering figures of the Caribbean intellectual tradition, C.L.R. James and Sylvia Wynter, and their quest for human freedom beyond coloniality.

Ultimately, he urges the Caribbean to recall and reconsider the radicalism of its most distinguished twentieth-century thinkers in order to imagine a future beyond neocolonialism.

The End of the Developmental State? (Paperback): Michelle Williams The End of the Developmental State? (Paperback)
Michelle Williams
R240 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R42 (18%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This book brings together leading scholars of development to assess the current status of the 'developmental state' in several developing and transitional economies of South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, the United Kingdom, China, South Africa, Brazil and India. Has the concept of the developmental state become outmoded? These authors would suggest not. However, they do argue that the historical trajectories of developmental states in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe suggest all too clearly that the concept must be re-examined critically and creatively. The range and diversity of their positions and their rejection of stale programmatic positions from the past will revitalise the debate on the role of the state in social and economic transformation in the twenty-first century. By bringing together careful comparative analyses of national cases, in both the Global North and South, the volume highlights pivotal conditions - economic restructuring, domestic politics, epistemic shifts and ecological limits - that are forcing revision of the goals and strategies of developmental states and suggests that states that ignore these new conditions will indeed see the 'end of the developmental state'.

Counterrevolution - The global rise of the far right (Paperback): Walden Bello Counterrevolution - The global rise of the far right (Paperback)
Walden Bello
R386 Discovery Miles 3 860 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Scaling-up Community-Led Total Sanitation - From village to nation (Paperback): Kamal Kar Scaling-up Community-Led Total Sanitation - From village to nation (Paperback)
Kamal Kar
R852 R797 Discovery Miles 7 970 Save R55 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
NGOs and the State in the 21st Century - Ghana and India (Paperback): Fatima Alikan, Peter Kyei, Emma Mawdsley, Gina Porter,... NGOs and the State in the 21st Century - Ghana and India (Paperback)
Fatima Alikan, Peter Kyei, Emma Mawdsley, Gina Porter, Janet Townsend, …
R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The architecture of aid has changed. More aid from rich countries is being directed to southern governments. As a result, southern NGOs have become worryingly dependent on contracts with their governments to continue their work. This book leads the way in its timely overview of these concerns now confronting the development sector. An international team of academics bring their extensive experience of NGOs to this critique of the impact of this shift in funding policy on recent -relations. Through interviews with politicians, civil servants and NGO staff in Ghana and India, they present their cutting-edge research in a lively and engaging manner. Case studies bring the ideas alive, while question boxes encourage the reader to consider the key issues raised. In their comparative analysis, the authors identify solutions to the problems encountered, draw illuminating conclusions and provide practical recommendations for ways forward. At the forefront of this central debate, this book is essential reading for donors, politicians, civil servants, NGOs, academics and everyone involved in effective development.

Voices of Latin America - Social movements and the new activism (Paperback): Tom Gatehouse Voices of Latin America - Social movements and the new activism (Paperback)
Tom Gatehouse
R591 Discovery Miles 5 910 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Urban Governance in the Realm of Complexity - Evidence for sustainable pathways (Paperback): Meine Pieter Van Dijk, Jurian... Urban Governance in the Realm of Complexity - Evidence for sustainable pathways (Paperback)
Meine Pieter Van Dijk, Jurian Edelenbos, Kees van Rooijen
R836 R784 Discovery Miles 7 840 Save R52 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Fragile States - Dilemmas of Stability in Lebanon and the Arab World (Paperback): Ali Fayyad Fragile States - Dilemmas of Stability in Lebanon and the Arab World (Paperback)
Ali Fayyad
R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Conflict, crisis and instability form part of a chain of the dilemmas confronting development in much of the Arab world. With military intervention, occupation and civil war in Iraq and Palestine, most neighbouring countries such as Lebanon remain in a permanent state of flux. This book is unique in that it deals with some of the effects of regional instability on the development trajectories (or lack of them) in the Arab world. Using Lebanon as an example Fayyad explores the real meaning of the fragile states concepts that has become part of a dominant policy discourse in recent years - its implications for societal relations, civic space and the nature of socio-economic development.

Intergovernmental relations in South Africa (Paperback, 2nd ed): S. Kahn, S.M. Madue, R. Kalema Intergovernmental relations in South Africa (Paperback, 2nd ed)
S. Kahn, S.M. Madue, R. Kalema
R465 R410 Discovery Miles 4 100 Save R55 (12%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

The term "intergovernmental relations" refers to the way in which the different spheres of a government hierarchy relate to each other. This concept is of vital importance where there is a division of power at both administrative and legal levels among different spheres of government. Intergovernmental relations in South Africa examines the South African government's quest to enhance effective and efficient service delivery to the people. Case studies are included in all chapters to provide a hands-on approach to relate theory to practice. This book discusses four distinct approaches to the subject: the constitutional/legal approach, the democratic approach, the financial approach and the normative/operational approach. It culminates in a delineation of practical steps for the promotion of well-grounded intergovernmental relations, sustainable capacity building and trustworthy political accountability. The book also focuses on intergovernmental relations network and cooperative governance in South Africa as well as governmental relations in the BRICS countries. Intergovernmental relations in South Africa is suitable not only for academics but also for practitioners in the fields of public administration and management, political sciences, social sciences, law and other related disciplines.

Volunteer Voices - Key insights from international development experiences (Paperback): Duncan McNicholl Volunteer Voices - Key insights from international development experiences (Paperback)
Duncan McNicholl
R408 Discovery Miles 4 080 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Sphere Handbook - Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response (Paperback, 4th edition): Sphere... The Sphere Handbook - Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response (Paperback, 4th edition)
Sphere Association
R5,824 Discovery Miles 58 240 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
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