GAPP Review of Books

In the Balance: The Case for a Universal Basic income in South Africa and Beyond. Johannesburg: Wits University Press.

Over the last few decades, especially since the economic crisis of 2008, capitalism has become highly unstable and prone to crises.
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The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power

Following South African transition to democracy in 1994, many of its streets, roads, suburbs, cities and provinces have been renamed. But the renaming process was surprisingly cautious and not without a controversy.
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Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free and a Sane Economy.

The idea of unconditional basic income has recently entered the mainstream and it is now “trending” in the Global North and the Global South.
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“Empires and Bureaucracy in World History: From Late Antiquity to the Twentieth Century”.

In the context of the current global, medical emergency, government health systems and other administrations are being tested to the full.
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“Poor Numbers: How we are misled by African development statistics and what to do about it”.

Statistical indicators are extremely important. They fundamentally shape what we know about the world and how we perceive and evaluate development.
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Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: and other arguments for economic independence.The Bodley Head. London.

Kristen Ghodsee is an anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania whose scholarly work focuses on Eastern Europe.
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