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Shifting Grounds In Zimbabwe: Citizenship And Farm Workers In The New Politics Of Land

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This chapter presents current politics concerning farm workers and land within the broader history and debates over their citizenship in colonial and postcolonial Zimbabwe and how the nation is imagined in southern African country. It sketches out the ways in which farm workers have been publicly configured within postcolonial Zimbabwe by discussing how the dominant representations of their particular ?belonging' to the land and the nation emerged in the colonial period. It also discusses a few of the constitutive arrangements in the colonial period and their "routinization, even institutionalization in practice and memory" that have helped to publicly locate farm workers within the nation in a way to make them less deserving than other communities in regards to access to land. The chapter concludes with some questions concerning current strategies of advocacy as a modest contribution to the larger debate about democracy and social justice in Zimbabwe and the region.

Keywords: farm workers; political economy; postcolonial Zimbabwe



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