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Land, liberation and compromise in Southern Africa /
Chris Alden and Ward Anseeuw.
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
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vii, 263 p.
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0230230849 (hardback), 9780230230842 (hardback)
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
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0230230849 (hardback)
9780230230842 (hardback)
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Machine generated contents note: Acknowledgements * Introduction * Understanding Land, Politics and Change in Southern Africa * Sowing the Whirlwind Zimbabwe and Southern Africa * Darkness at Noon South Africa * A Distant Thunder Namibia * Compromise and Liberation? * Bibliography Acknowledgements * Introduction * Understanding Land, Politics and Change in Southern Africa * Sowing the Whirlwind Zimbabwe and Southern Africa * Darkness at Noon South Africa * A Distant Thunder Namibia * Compromise and Liberation? * Bibliography.
abstract
"This book offers an analysis of the origins of the crisis in Zimbabwe and why it has had such a profound impact on both the land issue and democratic politics in the Southern African region. The analysis contributes to the present debates around Mugabe, neo-imperialism and the stability in the region"--Provided by publisher.
catalogue key
7014282
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Chris Alden is a Reader in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He has conducted extensive field research across the Southern African region and has published widely on international politics and conflict in Southern Africa as well as work on Asia-Africa relations. Ward Anseeuw is Research Fellow at the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), seconded to the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has conducted research for the last 10 years in Southern Africa and the African continent, more particularly on the issues of agricultural restructuring, land conflicts, agrarian and land reforms.
Summaries
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The richly informed analysis explains why the crisis which started in Zimbabwe has had such a profound impact on both the land issue and democratic politics in the Southern African region
Long Description
Land, Liberation and Compromise in Southern Africa provides a novel framework for understanding the inherent volatility of the politics of land in contemporary Southern Africa. The link between the established political economy of settler colonialism, the role of liberation politics and the enduring impact of the transition to democracy in Southern Africa, key factors inhibiting attempts to embark on substantive agrarian reform after independence, are crucial to comprehending why the Zimbabwean crisis impacted so profoundly on regional politics. Furthermore, infusing these conditions with rhetorical and substantive power are a host of regional narratives in Southern Africa ' drawn from the settler state era, the liberation struggle itself and implicit in neoliberal policies pursued by democratic governments after independence ' which have shaped perceptions among elites, social groups and the wider population. By exposing the lingering contradictions in former settler states between society's heightened expectations of liberation movements and the constitutional and the ideological constraints that bind them to the past, this book offers a comprehensive regional perspective into the dynamics of the politics of land and their impact on democracy in Southern Africa.
Long Description
Land, Liberation and Compromise in Southern Africa provides a richly informed analysis of the origins of a crisis which started in Zimbabwe and why it has had such a profound impact on both the land issue and democratic politics in the Southern African region. It provides a framework for understanding the volatility inherent in the politics of land and, with that, the political structure of the Southern African post-independent states. The intimate links between the established political economy of settler colonialism, the transition to democracy and the concurrent fashioning of a liberal constitutional regime, all of which held tremendously important implications for attempts to embark on agrarian reform, are crucial reasons why the Zimbabwean crisis impacted so profoundly on regional politics. Furthermore, infusing these conditions with rhetorical and substantive power are a host of regional narratives in Southern Africa ' drawn from the settler state era, the liberation struggle itself and implicit in neo-liberal policies pursue after independence ' which have shaped preferences and perspectives amongst elites, social groups and the wider population. By exposing the lingering contradictions in former settler states and the inexorable tensions between society's heightened expectations of liberation movements and the constitutional and ideological constraints which bind them to the past, the analysis contributes to the present debates around Mugabe, neo-imperialism and the stability in the region.
Long Description
What were the origins of the crisis which started in Zimbabwe and why has it had such a profound impact on both the land issue and democratic politics in the Southern African region? This richly informed analysis provides a framework for understanding the volatility inherent in the politics of land and, with that, the political structure of post-independent states in the Southern African region. The intimate links between the established political economy of settler colonialism, the transition to democracy and the concurrent fashioning of a liberal constitutional regime, all of which held tremendously important implications for attempts to embark on agrarian reform, are crucial reasons why the Zimbabwean crisis impacted so profoundly on regional politics. Furthermore, infusing these conditions with rhetorical and substantive power are a host of regional narratives in Southern Africa ' drawn from the settler state era, the liberation struggle itself and implicit in neo-liberal policies pursue after independence ' which have shaped preferences and perspectives amongst elites, social groups and the wider population. By exposing the lingering contradictions in former settler states and the inexorable tensions between society's heightened expectations of liberation movements and the constitutional and ideological constraints which bind them to the past, the analysis contributes to the present debates around Mugabe, neo-imperialism and the stability in the region.
Library of Congress Summary
"This book offers an analysis of the origins of the crisis in Zimbabwe and why it has had such a profound impact on both the land issue and democratic politics in the Southern African region. The analysis contributes to the present debates around Mugabe, neo-imperialism and the stability in the region"--Provided by publisher.
Main Description
This book offers an analysis of the origins of& the crisis in Zimbabwe and why it has had such a profound impact on both the land issue and democratic politics in the Southern African region. The analysis contributes to the present debates around Mugabe, neo-imperialism and the stability in the region.
Main Description
This book offers an analysis of the origins of the crisis in Zimbabwe and why it has had such a profound impact on both the land issue and democratic politics in the Southern African region. The analysis contributes to the present debates around Mugabe, neo-imperialism and the stability in the region.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vi
Introductionp. 1
Understanding Land, Politics and Change in Southern Africap. 5
Sowing the Whirlwind - Zimbabwe and Southern Africap. 38
Darkness at Noon - South Africap. 75
A Distant Thunder - Namibiap. 120
Liberation and Compromise?p. 158
Fieldworkp. 180
Notesp. 185
Bibliographyp. 216
Mapsp. 234
Indexp. 241
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