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Nation, Race And History In Zimbabwean Politics

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One of the central features of the Zimbabwean crisis, as it has unfolded since 2000, has been the emergence of a revived nationalism delivered in a particularly virulent form, with race as a key trope within the discourse, and a selective rendition of the liberation history deployed as a an ideological policing agent in the public debate. A great deal of commentary has been deployed to describe this process, much of it concentrating on the undoubted coercive aspects of the politics of state consolidation in Zimbabwe. This chapter provides a more careful examination of the ideological project of the Mugabe regime and concentrates on the ways in which both 'insiders' and 'outsiders' are defined in this national project. The Mugabe government has worked hard to generalise its model of resolving the national question articulated through a Pan Africanist and anti-imperialist discourse.

Keywords: Mugabe regime; nationalism; Zimbabwean crisis



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