QA 22 (Mar-Apr 10). Three book reviews (1)

Three recent reviews published in the Cape Times (Cape Town, South Africa) 1. Re-imagining the Social in South Africa: Critique, Theory and Post-apartheid Society (Jacklin and Vale, eds) 2. Nurtureshock: Why everything we think about raising our children is wrong (Bronson & Merryman) 3. Africa: The Politics of Suffering and Smiling (Chabal) Re-imagining the Social…

QA 22 (Mar-Apr 10). Three book reviews (2)

Nurtureshock: Why everything we think about raising our children is wrong Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman Ebury Press Reviewed by Helen Douglas (Cape Times, 12 February 2010) It’s a close call to say whether Nurtureshock manages to be more informative than it is annoying. The first irritant has to be the subtitle. To whom is…

QA 22 (Mar-Apr 10). Three book reviews (3)

Africa: The Politics of Suffering and Smiling Patrick Chabal UKZN Press and Zed Books Reviewed by Helen Douglas (Cape Times, 8 January 2010) As a Canadian immigrant to South Africa, I have struggled mightily to understand post-colonial African politics. I have a feeling I’m not alone. (Colonial politics may have been horrific, but at least…

QA 16 (July 09) “There was this goat”

What do you do when someone says something to you that you don’t understand? It happens all the time. The someone may be someone we know or a stranger. The event might be inconsequential or it might be important. It is always unsettling. The usual, easy choice is to let it go by, hoping that…