Race and Indigenous Politics | 01.10.16In this introduction to Year of Fire, Year of Ash, his recently republished history of the Soweto Uprising of 1976, Baruch Hirson explains the history of violence and of political organising in the township in the months and years preceding the student revolt that shook the apartheid regime.
Africa | 19.10.16
The legacy of Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai’s life is a crucial reminder that peace on earth depends on our ability to secure our living environment.
Africa | 19.10.16
Leymah Gbowee’s rise from social worker to Nobel Peace Laureate paved the way for the first elected female president in Africa in 2006. Here we take a look at her life and work.
Africa | 30.09.16
Amidst an air of distrust and tension, a year after the #feesmustfall movement started, South Africa’s national student protests have once again erupted. Julian Brown looks at how these students are now part of the process of remaking South Africa’s post-apartheid democracy.
Zed | 27.09.16
With a looming high-stakes US election, the rise of the European far right and ongoing humanitarian crises, the new academic term is the time to tackle the underlying political, institutional and social causes head on.
Africa | 23.09.16
Take a look at the alt. Africa reading list and equip yourself with classic works of African history, culture and African current affairs.
Zed | 21.09.16
Take a look at our new titles catalogue and feed your mind for Spring/Summer 2017 with books from the world’s most important alternative voices.
Health and Medicine | 11.08.16
Paul Richards draws on his on-the-ground experiences in Sierra Leone to discuss the relationship between ritual and medicine in the fight against the Ebola virus
Health and Medicine | 09.08.16
Not-for-profit healthcare facilities, set up by faith-based organisations have been servicing communities in Uganda since the second half of the 19th century. In this excerpt from Making Public in a Privatised World we ask: what can we learn from their role as public healthcare providers?
Africa | 26.07.16
Garth Myers looks at postcolonialism and urbanism through the story of waste in the Zambian city of Lusaka in this excerpt from African Cities
Africa | 26.07.16
Patrick Chabal explores the role of ethnicity and place in the formation of identity in this chapter from from Africa: The Politics of Suffering and Smiling
Cities | 26.07.16
Women are in the majority as economic players in African cities. So why is their labour and business so often written out of economic accounts? In an extract from Women and the Informal Economy in Urban Africa Mary Kinyanjui asks important questions of the economic role of women
Africa | 26.07.16
In this extract from Thank You Madagascar: The Conservation Diaries of Alison Jolly, Jolly recounts David Attenborough visiting Madagascar, and her time in the ‘school among the baobabs’
Africa | 25.09.15
Imogen Tyler, author of Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain, chooses her favourite Zed Book
Africa | 06.08.15
This summer, the Washington Post’s political research blog The Monkey Cage has been running an “African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular”, publishing an ongoing series of posts based on books in their excellent summer reading list. With their informed and intelligent analysis of current affairs, these offer eye-opening insights and critique of African politics today
Africa | 15.07.15
The massacre of striking mineworkers in Marikana, South Africa in 2012 by state security forces was the result of the actions of mine unions, the mining corporations and individual police officers, an inquiry has found
Africa | 16.04.15
On August 16th, 2012, the world looked on in horror as South African police gunned down striking mine workers at Marikana, leaving 34 dead and many more wounded. It was a massacre that echoed apartheid-era violence at Sharpeville and Soweto, shattering the international image of South Africa as a liberated ‘rainbow nation’. The bloodshed laid bare the lingering inequalities and class tensions that have endured beyond South Africa’s democratic transition, and which the ruling African National Congress has done little to address
Africa | 10.03.15
How do humanitarians – good people doing good things – practice the denial essential to hide from themselves the injustices and privileges that inhabit a space of unequal social relations? Dr Stephen Hopgood discusses the work and legacy of the late Lisa Smirl
Africa | 11.02.15
How public are your services? Check out this great little animated video from Municipal Services Project (MSP)
Africa | 06.02.15
The Greek Eurozone disaster, the slow liberation of South Sudan, Asian-African development, and many more…
Environment | 07.10.14
“The world has changed, the syllabus hasn’t – is it time to do something about it?” Following the example of the Post-Crash Economics Society in Manchester, we presenta reading list for a new economic reality
Africa | 14.03.14
A panel discussion examining Africa’s rapidly growing urban centres at the Africa Research Institute
Africa | 08.03.14
As radical publishers of critical books that seek to affect real change, the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day – ‘Inspiring Change’ – is particularly close to Zed’s heart.
Africa | 20.12.13
In the run up to the festive period, are you looking for a present for that radical in your life? Then check out our selection of great political reads – perfect for Christmas gifts!
Africa | 19.12.13
Decided not to give your mum another Nigella this Christmas? The Guardian recommends Stephen Chan’s The Morality of China in Africa and Women, Sexuality and the Political Power of Pleasure as curve ball stocking fillers