Resources: Books

UNCTAD has launched its annual Handbook of Statistics in a new, user-friendly format to celebrate its fiftieth year of publication. The 2017 edition has been overhauled entirely to make it shorter and easier to read, and features a wealth of maps, charts, and infographics.  
The PATHWAYS OUT OF POVERTY: Improving Farm Dwellers’ Tenure Security and Access to Housing and Services is a guide to legislation, policies and case law and will assist officials, non-governmental organisations and public interest law practitioners in navigating the highly complex legal and policy framework regulating farm dwellers’ rights to tenure security and access to adequate housing and basic service.
Leaders, managers and adult educators in Africa and countries of the South often face difficulties in finding education materials that are both educationally sound as well as appropriate to our context.   This book, compiled by Frank Julie, will be an extremely valuable resource to those in non-profit organisations (NPO’s) who are wanting to develop their leadership potential and skills as well as those working in the field of training in organisation and leadership development.
NGO Matters A practical legal guide to starting up Edition: 1st Published: 25 April 2017 Author: Nicole Copley ISBN: 978 1 48512 005 6 Format: Soft cover Extent: 152 Pages Retail price: R275
Media matters. From encouraging charitable donations and delivering public health messages to promoting democratic participation and state accountability, the media can play a crucial role in development. Yet the influence of the media is not always welcome. It can also be used as a mechanism of surveillance and control or to disseminate hate speech and propaganda.
Throughout history, innovations in media have had a profound impact on protest and dissent. But while these recent developments in social media have been the subject of intense scholarly attention, there has been little consideration of the wider historical role of media technologies in protest. Drawing on the work of key theorists such as Walter Benjamin and Raymond Williams, Crisis and Critique provides a historical analysis of media practices within the context of major economic crises.
The world’s food supply is in the grip of a profound crisis. Humanity’s ability to feed itself is threatened by a wasteful, globalised agricultural industry, whose relentless pursuit of profit is stretching our planet’s ecosystems to breaking point. Rising food prices have fuelled instability across the world, while industrialised agriculture has contributed to a health crisis of massive proportions, with effects ranging from obesity and diabetes to cancers caused by pesticides.
An innovative study of the ways in which peasants across the global South are persisting and resisting in the face of neoliberal capitalism and environmental degradation.
Cooperatives the world over are successfully developing alternative models of decision-making, employment and operation without the existence of managers, executives and hierarchies. Through case studies spanning the United States, Latin America and Europe, including valuable new work on the previously neglected cooperative movement in Cuba, the author explores how cooperatives have evolved in response to the economic crisis.
A substantial and much-needed contribution to urban economics, providing both a critique of the mainstream and a compass for alternatives. Neoclassical economics, the intellectual bedrock of modern capitalism, faces growing criticisms, as many of its key assumptions and policy prescriptions are systematically challenged. Yet, there remains one field of economics where these limitations continue virtually unchallenged: the study of cities and regions in built-environment economics.

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