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Bahlabelelelani: Why Do They Sing? - Gender And Power In Contemporary Women's Songs (Paperback): Nompumelelo Zondi Bahlabelelelani: Why Do They Sing? - Gender And Power In Contemporary Women's Songs (Paperback)
Nompumelelo Zondi
R195 R145 Discovery Miles 1 450 Save R50 (26%) In stock

Indigenous societies that are steeped in patriarchy have various channels through which they deal with abusive characteristics of relations in some of these communities. One such route is through songs, which sanction women to voice that which, bound by societal expectations, they would not normally be able to say. This book focuses on the nature of women’s contemporary songs in the rural community of Zwelibomvu, near Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal. It aims to answer the question ‘Bahlabelelelani – Why do they sing?’, drawing on a variety of discourses of gender and power to examine the content and purposes of the songs.

Restricted by the custom of hlonipha, women resort to allusive language, such as is found in ukushoza, a song genre that includes poetic elements and solo dance songs. Other contexts include women’s social events, such as ilima, which refers to the collective activity that takes place when a group of women come together to assist another woman to complete a task that is typically carried out by women. During umgcagco (traditional weddings) and umemulo (girls’ coming-of-age ceremonies), songs befitting the occasion are performed. And neighbouring communities come together at amacece to perform according to izigodi (districts), where local maskandi women groups may be found performing for a goat or cow stake.

The songs, when read in conjunction with the interviews and focus group discussions, present a complex picture of women’s lives in contemporary rural KwaZulu-Natal, and they offer their own commentary on what it means to be a woman in this society.

101 Water Wise Ways (Paperback): Helen Moffett 101 Water Wise Ways (Paperback)
Helen Moffett 1
R130 R108 Discovery Miles 1 080 Save R22 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

An essential guide for those dealing with the Cape Water Crisis and for general water saving in South and southern Africa, a notoriously water-scarce region.

Three provinces in South Africa have been declared national disaster zones because of drought. The way we think about water needs to change, and fast. This is especially true for those of us who have running water and flush sanitation piped into our homes. For millions of South Africans, water is already a precious resource that costs toil to collect and fuel to heat. Our middle-class expectations that water will gush steaming from our dozens of indoor taps 24/7 are going to look as bizarre to future generations as the spectacle of Cleopatra bathing in asses’ milk. Our Roman-orgy relationship with water is over.

This book will hopefully help to alleviate water panic and distress. A “can-do” compendium, it’s meant to be a guide, not prescriptive – not all solutions or tips are one-size-fits-all. Think of it as an ally in your fight to save water and part of your survival kit, along with the first-aid box; Valium for water-worriers.

Township Violence And The End Of Apartheid - War On The Reef (Paperback): Gary Kynoch Township Violence And The End Of Apartheid - War On The Reef (Paperback)
Gary Kynoch
R350 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R61 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In 1993 South Africa state president F.W. de Klerk and African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize ‘for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime’. Yet, while both deserved the plaudits they received for entering the negotiations that led to the end of apartheid, the four years of negotiations preceding the April 1994 elections, known as the transition era, were not ‘peaceful’: they were the bloodiest of the entire apartheid era, with an estimated 14,000 deaths attributed to politically related violence.

This book studies, for the first time, the conflicts between the ANC and the Inkatha Freedom Party that took place in South Africa’s industrial heartland surrounding Johannesburg. Exploring these events through the perceptions and memories of combatants and non-combatants from war-torn areas, along with security force members, politicians and violence monitors, offers new possibilities for understanding South Africa’s turbulent transition.

Challenging the prevailing narrative which attributes the bulk of the violence to a joint state security force and IFP assault against ANC supporters, the author argues for a more expansive approach that incorporates the aggression of ANC militants, the intersection between criminal and political violence, and especially clashes between groups aligned with the ANC.

De Jagers In Die Dorsland (Afrikaans, Hardcover): Nicol Stassen De Jagers In Die Dorsland (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
Nicol Stassen
R450 R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Save R24 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In die jare 1891 tot 1893 het ongeveer 770 persone Transvaal verlaat en na Angola en Duits-Suidwes-Afrika getrek om hulle heil daar te soek. Dit staan bekend as die “sesde” Dorslandtrek.

Sowat 45 De Jagers het in verskillende groepe aan hierdie epiese trek deelgeneem. NŠ die sesde Dorslandtrek het hulle tussen Angola, Suidwes-Afrika, Suid-Afrika en selfs Kenia rondgeswerf en verdere avonture oor die hele Suider-Afrika beleef. Sommige De Jagers het in 1928 van Angola na Suidwes-Afrika getrek en hulle daar gevestig, terwyl ander eers in 1958 uit Angola gerepatrieer is.

Uit die beperkte beskikbare bronne is die verskillende trekroetes van die sesde Dorslandtrek gerekonstrueer en vir die eerste keer word ’n kaart van die verskillende trekroetes gepubliseer. ’n Geslagregister van bykans 1800 afstammelinge en aangetroude familielede van die De Jagers van die sesde Dorslandtrek en byna 500 foto’s vorm ’n omvattende beeld van hierdie familiegeskiedenis.

The Way I See It - The Musings Of A Black Woman In The Rainbow Nation (Paperback): Lerato Tshabalala The Way I See It - The Musings Of A Black Woman In The Rainbow Nation (Paperback)
Lerato Tshabalala 3
R240 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R48 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Lerato Tshabalala first came to our attention in 2011 with her ‘Urban Miss’ column in the Sunday Times, and since then she has by turns entertained, exasperated, amused and confounded her fans and critics alike.

Now, with her first book, she looks set to become the national institution she deserves to be. With her customary wit and keen insight into social, political and cultural affairs, Lerato shines a bright – and controversial – light on South African society and the quirky ways of the country. She is brutally honest about her experiences as a black South African in post-apartheid Mzansi, and no subject is too sacred for her to explore: annoying car guards, white-dominated corporate South Africa, cultural stereotypes, economic and racial inequality, and gender politics, among many other topics, come under her careful – and often laugh-out-loud – scrutiny.

The Way I See It is written for people who are hungry for a book that is thought-provoking, funny, irreverent and truly South African all at the same time. It is light but full of depth: like a supermodel with an MBA!

Learning For Living - Towards A New Vision For Post-school Learning In South Africa (Paperback): Ivor Baatjes Learning For Living - Towards A New Vision For Post-school Learning In South Africa (Paperback)
Ivor Baatjes
R250 R207 Discovery Miles 2 070 Save R43 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The post-school education and training system in South Africa has been the focus of much attention since the establishment of the Department of Higher Education and Training in 2009. In the context of deepening inequality, poverty and unemployment, the need for a humanising, liberating and critical approach to learning and pedagogy in post-school education is becoming urgent. The rural and urban voices that speak in this book tell us that the current system is out of touch with the ways in which they are making a life.

Learning for Living challenges policy makers, researchers, educators and civil society organisations to think critically about the relationship between post-school education and the world of work, and about how to transform the post-school system to better serve the needs and interests of rural and urban communities. It issues a call to action, and proposes key principles to inform an alternative vision of post-school learning.

Kasinomics - African Informal Economies And The People Who Inhabit Them (Paperback): G.G. Alcock Kasinomics - African Informal Economies And The People Who Inhabit Them (Paperback)
G.G. Alcock
R260 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R52 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Did you know …

  • That the muti market is worth R3 billion a year, with 27 million consumers?
  • That the average hawker earns R3000 a month and there are nearly 500 000 of them!?
  • That the trade in goats is worth millions of rand?
  • That the dagga trade can set the standard for market and distribution to the informal market?
  • That Parmalat Cheese Slices have created a multi-million rand business in kotas, and why the Perfect Sishebo Show is the biggest food show in the country?

Do consumers modernise or westernise? What are the eight cultural megatrends of the South African kasi sector? One of them is modernising, another is spirituality, but how and why?

Feast on Mogodu Mondays and Shwam-shwams, visit sacrifice ceremonies and stokvels, meet sangomas and urban trendsetters. You will never look at the low income informal sector people and businesses in the same way again. With stories and anecdotes, from kayaking down the Tugela, Zulu dancing in the pyramids to hijacking a Kulula flight, GG’s true life stories and how they link to understanding and inspiration for marketing ideas will make you gasp, laugh and shake your head in wonder.

A book as eclectic, mysterious and colourful as the marketplace it is written about.

Smallholder Agriculture and Market Participation - Lessons from Africa (Paperback): Nigel Poole Smallholder Agriculture and Market Participation - Lessons from Africa (Paperback)
Nigel Poole
R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 In stock
Learning to Leave - The Irony of Schooling in a Coastal Community (Paperback): Michael Corbett Learning to Leave - The Irony of Schooling in a Coastal Community (Paperback)
Michael Corbett
R614 Discovery Miles 6 140 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Published with a new preface, this innovative case study from Nova Scotia analyzes the relationship between rural communities and contemporary education. Rather than supporting place-sensitive curricula and establishing networks within community populations, the rural school has too often stood apart from local life, with the generally unintended consequence that many educationally successful rural youth come to see their communities and lifestyles as places to be left behind. They face what Michael Corbett calls a mobility imperative, which, he shows, has been central to contemporary schooling. Learning to Leave argues that if education is to be democratic and serve the purpose of economic, social, and cultural development, then it must adapt and respond to the specificity of its locale, the knowledge practices of the people, and the needs of those who struggle to remain in challenged rural places.

Voortrekkerstamouers 1835?1845 (Afrikaans, Hardcover, 2nd edition): Jan C. Visagie Voortrekkerstamouers 1835–1845 (Afrikaans, Hardcover, 2nd edition)
Jan C. Visagie
R377 Discovery Miles 3 770 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Voortrekkerstamouers 1835–1845 is die eerste keer in 2000 gepubliseer. Diť tweede, hersiende uitgawe is aangevul met 214 nuwe stamouers. Dit bring die aantal mense wat die Groot Trek meegemaak het, op 23 000 te staan, in plaas van die oorspronklik geskatte 20 000.

Wat hierdie databasis van Voortrekkers nog meer besonders maak, is die versameling uiters skaars foto’s en portrette wat aangebied word.

In hierdie fotokabinet kan ongeveer 150 afbeeldings van Voortrekkers gesien word.

Slow Down Look Again (Hardcover): Louis Botha Slow Down Look Again (Hardcover)
Louis Botha
R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

At the northern entrance to Prince Albert in the Great Karoo lies Northend, a neighbourhood home to a special group of people. They have a very special way of communicating with others through their stories, which indicate an inherent joy of life. However, judging by their environment and circumstances, it is clear that they have experienced many hardship, and for an outsider it is an enriching experience to meet them.

Every picture in Slow Down Look Again tells a story and is supported by explanatory text. These enable the reader to gain insight into the past and the present of this unique neighbourhood and its residents.

The joy and sorrows of the residents of Northend - as well as their scant earthly possessions - are illustrated through Louis Botha?s excellent choice of photographic backgrounds. And yet the absolute neatness of their homes illustrates a certain pride - poverty without dilapidation. The intimacy of the photographs ultimately leaves the reader enriched. We become witnesses not only to the extraordinary character of a close-knit community, but also of its trusting relationship with the person whom they have allowed to tell their story. Louis Botha was born in Bloemfontein in 1955 and grew up on a small-holding north-east of Pretoria. After school he studied finance and followed a career in the Financial Services Industry. At the age of 40, and encouraged by his wife he pursued his hobby more seriously. He?s held several exhibitions and lives in Prince Albert.

War upon Our Border - Two Ohio Valley Communities Navigate the Civil War (Hardcover): Stephen I Rockenbach War upon Our Border - Two Ohio Valley Communities Navigate the Civil War (Hardcover)
Stephen I Rockenbach
R1,100 Discovery Miles 11 000 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

War upon Our Border examines the experiences of two Ohio River Valley communities during the turmoil and social upheaval of the American Civil War. Although on opposite sides of the border between slavery and freedom, Corydon, Indiana, and Frankfort, Kentucky, shared a legacy of white settlement and a distinct western identity, which fostered unity and emphasized cooperation during the first year of the war. But subsequent guerrilla raids, military occupation, economic hardship, political turmoil, and racial tension ultimately divided citizens living on either side of the river border. Once a conduit for all kinds of relationships, the Ohio River became a barrier dividing North and South by the end of the conflict. Centered on the experience of local politicians, civic leaders, laborers, soldiers, and civilians, this combined social and military history addresses major interpretative debates, including how citizens chose allegiances, what role slavery played in soldier and civilian motivation, and the nature of life on the home front. Examining manuscripts, newspapers, and government documents, War upon Our Border employs a microhistorical approach to link the experiences of common people with the sweeping national events of the Civil War era. The resulting study reveals the lingering effect of the war's memory and how the effort to construct a new regional dynamic continues to shape popular conceptions of the period.

In Mamelodi Het Ek My God Gevind - My Lewe In die Township en Hoe Dit My Geloof Verander Het (Afrikaans, Paperback): Nico Smith In Mamelodi Het Ek My God Gevind - My Lewe In die Township en Hoe Dit My Geloof Verander Het (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Nico Smith
R240 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R34 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 1982 aanvaar Nico Smith ’n beroep na die NG Kerk in Afrika se Mamelodi-gemeente. Hy en sy vrou laat hulle gemaklike lewe agter en gaan bly in Mamelodi. Hier leer Nico en Ellen rÍrig die hart van Mamelodi se mense ken, en beleef swaarkry saam met hulle. Hulle leer wat dit beteken om swart te wees in Suid-Afrika onder apartheid. Hulle leer ’n ander God ken, nie die God van Nico se vaders nie, maar die God van die verworpenes en die verdruktes.

The Growing Season - How I Built a New Life--And Saved an American Farm (Hardcover): Sarah Frey The Growing Season - How I Built a New Life--And Saved an American Farm (Hardcover)
Sarah Frey
R553 R444 Discovery Miles 4 440 Save R109 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Agrarian Structure and Political Power - Landlord and Peasant in the Making of Latin America (Paperback): Evelyne Huber, Frank... Agrarian Structure and Political Power - Landlord and Peasant in the Making of Latin America (Paperback)
Evelyne Huber, Frank Safford
R668 Discovery Miles 6 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This volume explores the linkages among the historical legacies of large landholding patterns, agrarian class relations and authoritarian versus democratic trajectories in Latin American countries. It addresses the importance of large landowners for the national economy.

The Cowboy at Work - All About His Job and How He Does It (Paperback): Fay E. " "Ward The Cowboy at Work - All About His Job and How He Does It (Paperback)
Fay E. " "Ward; Foreword by John R Erickson
R596 Discovery Miles 5 960 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

One of the best, if not the best, firsthand account written by a twentieth-century working cowboy. His knowledge of the country, combined with his writing and artistic abilities, make this book required reading."" - Oregon Historical Quarterly""I would rank The Cowboy at Work among the best books ever written about the American cowboy, maybe the best. Every word Fay E. Ward wrote can pass the tests and cross-examinations of the severest critics in his field: The saddlemakers, horse trainers, ranchers, and cowboys who have an uncanny knack for smelling out a fraud. The core of his knowledge is as timely and accurate today as it was fifty or seventy-five years ago."" - John R. Erickson, one of America's best-known working cowboys, in his Foreword to The Cowboy at Work. ""Here is a book by a man who knows what he is talking about. Fay Ward, an old time bronco buster, rough-string rider, cowhand, and wrangler, has roped, thrown, and hogtied an astonishing passel of facts and herded them into a vivid corral of cow country Americana.""-Chicago Sun Tribune ""Head and haunches above anything else on the subject."" - Arizona Highways

Changing Rural Systems In Oman (Hardcover): Dutton Changing Rural Systems In Oman (Hardcover)
Dutton
R7,576 R7,100 Discovery Miles 71 000 Save R476 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Born to This Land (Paperback): Red Steagall Born to This Land (Paperback)
Red Steagall; Photographs by Skeeter Hagler
R570 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R114 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

2004 Will Rogers Medallion for Outstanding Achievement in the Publishing of Cowboy Poetry Journeying into the rugged breaks that skirt the eastern rim of the Llano Estacado, West Texas ranch country, at once attractive and repellent to the uninitiated, Steagall and Hagler prove unequivocally that verse and image are kindred spirits. According to B. Byron Price, director of the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West, they have succeeded in unifying poetry and photography, allowing us to 'understand and interpret the essence of a solitary land and its proud inhabitants'. Born to This Land examines traditions passed from generation to generation and explores the impact of cowboying on those who choose it as a way of life. Drawing us into their rich depiction of ranch life, Steagall and Hagler transcend prevailing convention and 'prowl the remote ranges that lie beyond the deeply rutted main trails, listening for elusive, authentic voices carried on the wind.' Excerpt from 'To An Old Friend': For most of an hour we rode at a trot. We branded and shaped up the steers, Drank gallons of coffee, ate sourdough bread, And cowboyed for fifty-one years. I tho't he's an old man when I was a kid. At a time when I needed a friend, He took me to raise, taught me all that I know, 'Bout horses and cattle and men.

Designing the Rural - A Global Countryside in Flux (Paperback): Joshua Bolchover, John Lin, Christiane Lange Designing the Rural - A Global Countryside in Flux (Paperback)
Joshua Bolchover, John Lin, Christiane Lange
R658 R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Save R182 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The rural is not what it used to be. No longer simply a site for agricultural production for the city, the relationship between the rural and urban has become much more complex. Established categories such as rural /urban and village/city no longer hold true. Rural and urban conditions have become increasingly blurred, so how can we identify and distinguish their specific characteristics? Where is the rural, and what role does it play in an urbanised world? In developing countries the countryside is a volatile and contradictory landscape: legally designated rural areas look like dense slums; factories intersect fields and farmers no longer farm. In contrast, in developed regions, the rural has become a highly controlled landscape of production and consumption: industrialised agriculture coexists with leisure landscapes for tourism, retirement and recreation. This issue of AD investigates how architects and researchers are critically engaging with the rural as an experimental field of exploration. Contributors: Neil Brenner, Christiane Lange, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Sandra Parvu, Cole Roskam, Grahame Shane, Deane Simpson, and Milica Topalovic and Bas Princen Architects: Anders Abraham, Joshua Bolchover and John Lin (Rural Urban Framework), Ambra Fabi and Giovanni Piovene (Piovenefabi), Rainer Hehl, Stephan Petermann (OMA), Huang Sheng Yuan (FieldOffice), and Sandeep Virmani (Hunnarshala)

Bread, Cement, Cactus - A Memoir of Belonging and Dislocation (Paperback): Annie Zaidi Bread, Cement, Cactus - A Memoir of Belonging and Dislocation (Paperback)
Annie Zaidi
R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this exploration of the meaning of home, Annie Zaidi reflects on the places in India from which she derives her sense of identity. She looks back on the now renamed city of her birth and the impossibility of belonging in the industrial township where she grew up. From her ancestral village, in a region notorious for its gangsters, to the mega-city where she now lives, Zaidi provides a nuanced perspective on forging a sense of belonging as a minority and a migrant in places where other communities consider you an outsider, and of the fragility of home left behind and changed beyond recognition. Zaidi is the 2019/ 2020 winner of the Nine Dots Prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary social issues. This title is also available as Open Access.

The Devil's Harvest - A Ruthless Killer, a Terrorized Community, and the Search for Justice in California's Central... The Devil's Harvest - A Ruthless Killer, a Terrorized Community, and the Search for Justice in California's Central Valley (Hardcover)
Jessica Garrison
R554 R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Save R108 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Vanished World (Paperback, 1st paperback ed): Anne Ames Strong Vanished World (Paperback, 1st paperback ed)
Anne Ames Strong
R413 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R75 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A Vanished World is an elegant and exquisite portrait of a rural, turn-of-the-century childhood from a young girl's perspective. But Anne Sneller's 'vanished world' is not just the small world she knew as a child; it is the world of the rural America, a peaceful world of family farms, quiet country roads, and small towns, which stretched from New England to the West Coast, from Minnesota to Texas.

Settlements at the Edge - Remote Human Settlements in Developed Nations (Hardcover): Andrew Taylor, Dean B. Carson, Prescott C.... Settlements at the Edge - Remote Human Settlements in Developed Nations (Hardcover)
Andrew Taylor, Dean B. Carson, Prescott C. Ensign, Lee Huskey, Rasmus O. Rasmussen, …
R3,700 Discovery Miles 37 000 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Settlements at the Edge examines the evolution, characteristics, functions and shifting economic basis of settlements in sparsely populated areas of developed nations. With a focus on demographic change, the book features theoretical and applied cases which explore the interface between demography, economy, well-being and the environment. This book offers a comprehensive and insightful knowledge base for understanding the role of population in shaping the development and histories of northern sparsely populated areas of developed nations including Alaska (USA), Australia, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Finland and other nations with territories within the Arctic Circle. In the past, many remote settlements were important bases for opening up vast areas for resource extraction, working as strategic centres and as national representations of the conquering of frontiers. With increased contemporary interest from governments, policy makers, multinational companies and other stakeholders, this book explores the importance of understanding relationships between settlement populations and the economy at the local level. It features international and expert contributors who present insightful case studies on the role of human geography - primarily population issues - in shaping the past, present and future of settlements in remote areas. They also provide analysis of opportunities and challenges for northern settlements and the effects of climate change, resource futures and tourism. A chapter on the issues of populating future space settlements highlights that many issues for settlement change and functions in isolated and remote spatial realms are universal. This book will appeal to those interested in the past, present and future importance of settlements 'at the edge' of developed nations as well as to those working in policy and programme contexts. College students enrolled in courses such as demography, population studies, human studies, regional development, social policy and/or economics will find value in this book as well.

Death in Mud Lick - A Coal Country Fight Against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic (Hardcover): Eric Eyre Death in Mud Lick - A Coal Country Fight Against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic (Hardcover)
Eric Eyre
R568 R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Save R114 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Renewal of the Kibbutz - From Reform to Transformation (Paperback): Raymond Russell, Robert Hanneman The Renewal of the Kibbutz - From Reform to Transformation (Paperback)
Raymond Russell, Robert Hanneman; Contributions by Shlomo Getz
R773 Discovery Miles 7 730 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

We think of the kibbutz as a place for communal living and working. Members work, reside, and eat together, and share income "from each according to ability, to each according to need". But in the late 1980s the kibbutzim decided that they needed to change. Reforms - moderate at first - were put in place. Members could work outside of the organization, but wages went to the collective. Apartments could be expanded, but housing remained kibbutz-owned. In 1995, change accelerated. Kibbutzim began to pay salaries based on the market value of a member's work. As a result of such changes, the "renewed" kibbutz emerged. By 2010, 75 percent of Israel's 248 nonreligious kibbutzim fit into this new category. The Renewal of the Kibbutz explores the waves of reforms since 1990. Looking through the lens of organizational theories that predict how open or closed a group will be to change, the authors find that less successful kibbutzim were most receptive to reform, and reforms then spread through imitation from the economically weaker kibbutzim to the strong.

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