Jenni Case reviews Castells in Africa for the journal Higher Education:
“In these current times of fast paced publication and limited attention to yesterday’s news, of heated and polarized debates and too many op-eds, this book is unusual and interesting. It is the record of a sustained and serious academic conversation carried out over nearly 20 years, between a group of South African scholars engaged in thinking about the future of higher education, and a prominent and provocative international scholar. … This book is really useful for the care with which it reports on a long and evolving conversation, and the coherence in the suite of ideas that underpin the work. In the opening chapter of the book, the authors do note that some of their underpinning assumptions around the “knowledge economy” remain “contentious” (p. 6) but they do not elaborate much on the contentions. I am left wondering whether the book would have been enriched by including more of the debate with those who have disagreed with or ignored the work framed by Castells and his perspective. Maybe that is a task for a further book in the African Higher Education Dynamics series published by African Minds! Either way, these editors in their thoughtful assembly of the Castells lectures and their engagement with these have offered us very useful and timely food for thought.”
“Overall this is an excellent publication, one that most people will want to read. It shows why the knowledge production functions were not developed historically in sub-Saharan Africa, and lays out what needs to be done to get them moving, with data based on evidence. It presents especially rich and very relevant material which I have found extremely useful, as will others. As someone who has done a great deal of quantitative analysis, including survey research, and has worked on the international collection of university data, I know how very difficult it is to collect accurate and useful data of this kind. The HERANA group and CHET are to be congratulated on the care and time they took in preparing this study, gathering and checking the data, and presenting it in this book. The study breaks new ground, is a major contribution to our understanding of higher education in sub-Saharan Africa and will significantly reward the reader’s attention.” Fred Hayward, South African Journal of Science 111(9/10). http://dx.doi. org/10.17159/sajs.2015/a0120
“Sounding the Cape will influence the academic discussions about music in modern African societies in the coming years. In just over 400 pages, Martin offers us an overview of music production and esthetics of Capetonian genres such as boeremusiek, Klopse, jazz, marabi, quasidah, langarm and contemporary rap.”
Katrien Pype has reviewed Sounding the Cape: Music, Identity and Politics in South Africa (Denis-Constant Martin) in the Canadian Journal of African Studies. You can read it here.