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  • Young Families Gender, Sexuality and Care

    Young Families: Gender, Sexuality and Care draws together unique and compelling essays about the contexts of early childbearing, a topic that is now taken for granted.

  • Voices of Liberation: Thomas Sankara

    The book starts with a comprehensive timeline covering Thomas Sankara’s life and major events in the history of the continent and region. His Life section provides the most critical and fraternal assessment of the 1980s radical experiment within the broader history of the country, the region and continent. 

  • The Unresolved National Question

    The NIHSS in partnership with WITS Press supported the publication of ‘The Unresolved National Question,’ a publication co – edited by Professor Edward Webster and Karin Pampallis.  The publication uncovers distinct traditions of the national question and related perceptions. Apart from providing a historical and conceptual overview. The book brings to the mainstream hidden voices of the past and elevates leftist traditions.

  • The Unresolved National Question

    The Unresolved National Question in South Africa is an extremely valuable contribution to the decades-long debate on South African nationhood. This edited volume examines the way in which various strands of left thought have addressed the National Question, especially during the apartheid years, and goes on to discuss its relevance for South A

  • The South African Informal Sector: Creating Jobs, Reducing Poverty

    While the informal sector is the ‘forgotten’ sector in many ways, it provides livelihoods, employment and income for about 2.5 million workers and business owners. One in every six South Africans work in the informal sector. Almost half of the employees work in firms and these firms provide about 850 000 paid jobs – almost twice direct employment in the mining sector.

  • The Role of Intellectuals in the State-Society Nexus

    The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) hosted a roundtable in March 2015 on the theme: The Role of Intellectuals in the State-Society Nexus. This book culminated from the roundtable's inputs and debates into the public domain by recording the contributions of the main speakers, respondents, and questions from th

  • The Role of intellectuals in the State – Society nexus – MISTRA

    This publication emanates from an NIHSS funded roundtable held by MISTRA at Constitution Hill. The book interrogates the role of intellectuals in transitioning South Africa. Intellectuals, the publication posits, inspired and led the struggle against colonialism apartheid and exploitation.

  • The Lone Wolves’ Legion

    Since 2011 attacks that sow terror in the hearts of people all over the world have increased significantly, both in their frequency and intensity. Victims of these attacks have also increased, in the West and, more specifically, elsewhere. Is there indeed a war of terror, as many political leaders would have the world believe?

  • Media and Citizenship Between Marginalization and Participation

    How central are the media to the functioning of democracy? Is democracy primarily about citizens using their vote? Does the expression of their voice necessarily empower citizens? Media and Citizenship challenges some assumptions about the relationship between the media and democracy in highly unequal societies like South Africa.

  • Liberating Masculinities

    In this publication, funded in part by the NIHSS, Ratele undertakes the challenge of “grappling with manhood in a society that supports the ideal of gender equality.” The book is part of a larger body of work by the author whose scholarship endeavours to liberate men from warped conceptions of masculinities navigating fetishized commoditization, violence and fluid sexualities.

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