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Wits University Press (WUP) follows the ‘best practice’ model of international university presses. All our publications aimed at scholars, researchers and academics are peer-reviewed. This guarantees the quality of our publications and ensures that we meet the requirements for accreditation of research output specified by South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training. The procedure is as follows: A manuscript that qualifies for publication by WUP is sent to two independent, external peer reviewers who are specialists in the field. They are given a brief outlining the criteria for assessment. The review reports are circulated amongst the publishing team, discussed and a decision is reached whether to accept, authors are to revise and resubmit, or to reject. If WUP receives two conflicting reviews, a third review will be commissioned and all the reviews are then considered in order for WUP to arrive at a decision about whether to publish or not. As compensation for reviewing a manuscript, WUP offers the reviewer a compensation of R3000 (approx. $200) or a selection of books from WUP to that value. The peer review procedure is coordinated by the commissioning editor under the supervision of the publisher.

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African Archaeology Without Frontiers: Papers from the 2014 PanAfrican Archaeological Association Congress

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Confronting national, linguistic and disciplinary boundaries, contributors to African Archaeology Without Frontiers argue against artificial limits and divisions created through the study of ‘ages’ that in reality overlap and cannot and should not be understood in isolation. Papers are drawn from the proceedings of the landmark 14th PanAfrican Archaeological Association Congress, held in Johannesburg in 2014, nearly seven decades after the conference planned for 1951 was re-located to Algiers following the National Party’s rise to power in South Africa. Contributions by keynote speakers Chapurukha Kusimba and Akin Ogundiran encourage African archaeologists to practise an archaeology that collaborates across many related fields of study to enrich our understanding of the past. The nine papers cover a broad geographical sweep by incorporating material on ongoing projects throughout the continent including South Africa, Botswana, Cameroon, Togo, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria. Thematically, the papers included in the volume address issues of identity and interaction, and the need to balance cultural heritage management and sustainable development derived from a continent racked by social inequalities and crippling poverty. Edited by three leading archaeologists, the collection covers many aspects of African archaeology, and a range of periods from the earliest hominins to the historical period.

The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political Power

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ISBN: 9781868145423 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Wits University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100381
Subject: Political Science
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The ANC is a party-movement that draws on its liberation credentials yet is conflicted by a multitude of weaknesses, factions and internal succession battles. Booysen constructs her analysis around the ANC’s four faces of political power – organisation, people, political parties and elections, and policy and government – and explores how, since 1994, it has acted to continuously regenerate its power.

Gaze Regimes : Film and Feminisms in Africa

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ISBN: 9781868148561 9781868148561 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Wits University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100387
Subject: Performing Arts
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Gaze Regimes is a bricolage of essays and interviews showcasing the experiences of women working in film, either directly as practitioners or in other areas such as curators, festival programme directors or fundraisers. It does not shy away from questioning the relations of power in the practice of filmmaking and the power invested in the gaze itself. Who is looking and who is being looked at, who is telling women’s stories in Africa and what governs the mechanics of making those films on the continent?The interviews with film practitioners such as Tsitsi Dangarembga, Taghreed Elsanhouri, Jihan El-Tahri, Anita Khanna, Isabel Noronhe, Arya Lalloo and Shannon Walsh demonstrate the contradictory points of departure of women in film – from their understanding of feminisms in relation to lived-experiences and the realpolitik of women working as cultural practitioners. Jyoti Mistry, Antje Schuhmann, Nobunye Levin, Dorothee Wenner and Christina von Braun are some of the contributors.

Remains of the Social : Desiring the Post-Apartheid

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ISBN: 9781776140381 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Wits University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100380
Subject: Philosophy
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Remains of the Social is an interdisciplinary volume of essays that engages with what ‘the social’ might mean after apartheid; a condition referred to as ‘the post-apartheid social’. The volume grapples with apartheid as a global phenomenon that extends beyond the borders of South Africa between 1948 and 1994 and foregrounds the tension between the weight of lived experience that was and is apartheid, the structures that condition that experience and a desire for a ‘post-apartheid social’ (think unity through difference). Collectively, the contributors argue for a recognition of the ‘the post-apartheid’ as a condition that names the labour of coming to terms with the ordering principles that apartheid both set in place and foreclosed. The volume seeks to provide a sense of the terrain on which ‘the post-apartheid’ - as a desire for a difference that is not apartheid’s difference - unfolds, falters and is worked through.

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Traumatic Stress in South Africa

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ISBN: 9781868145096 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Wits University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100382
Subject: Psychology
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Taking both a historical and contemporary perspective, the book covers the extent of and manner in which traumatic stress manifests, including the way in which exposure to such extremely threatening events impacts on people’s meaning and belief systems. Therapeutic and community strategies for addressing and healing the effects of trauma exposure are comprehensively covered, as well as the particular needs of traumatised children and adolescents. Illustrative case material is used to render ideas accessible and engaging. The book also provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of theory and practice in the field of traumatic stress studies, incorporating both international and South African specific findings.

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Sociology

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