Africa

Africa | 20.02.17

Getting Somalia Wrong?

We’ve teamed up with Yonis Ali Nur and Mary Harper to publish a Somali edition of Getting Somalia Wrong? Download it for free here.

Race and Indigenous Politics | 01.10.16

Race Riots or Class War?

In 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

Wangari Maathai and Peace on Earth

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 the Peace Warrior

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

South Africa’s Insurgent Students

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

The alt. University Reading List

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

The alt. Africa Reading List

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

Spring/Summer 2017

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.

Africa | 26.07.16

The Ng’ombe Litter Pirates

Garth Myers looks at postcolonialism and urbanism through the story of waste in the Zambian city of Lusaka in this excerpt from African Cities

Cities | 26.07.16

Women and the Informal Economy in Urban Africa

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

School Among the Baobabs

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 Recommends…

Imogen Tyler, author of Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain, chooses her favourite Zed Book

Africa | 06.08.15

Do-gooders Doing Bad: A Reading List for African Politics Today

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 | 16.04.15

The Marikana eBook and Video Series

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

The Problem with Humanitarian Intervention

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

Environment | 07.10.14

A Different Class

“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 | 20.12.13

The Zed Christmas List

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!