Suffering for Territory: Race, Place, and Power in Zimbabwe / Edition 1

Suffering for Territory: Race, Place, and Power in Zimbabwe / Edition 1

by Donald S. Moore
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822335700

ISBN-13: 9780822335702

Pub. Date: 09/12/2005

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Since 2000, black squatters have forcibly occupied white farms across Zimbabwe, reigniting questions of racialized dispossession, land rights, and legacies of liberation. Donald S. Moore probes these contentious politics by analyzing fierce disputes over territory, sovereignty, and subjection in the country’s eastern highlands. He focuses on poor farmers in

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Since 2000, black squatters have forcibly occupied white farms across Zimbabwe, reigniting questions of racialized dispossession, land rights, and legacies of liberation. Donald S. Moore probes these contentious politics by analyzing fierce disputes over territory, sovereignty, and subjection in the country’s eastern highlands. He focuses on poor farmers in Kaerezi who endured colonial evictions from their ancestral land and lived as refugees in Mozambique during Zimbabwe’s guerrilla war. After independence in 1980, Kaerezians returned home to a changed landscape. Postcolonial bureaucrats had converted their land from a white ranch into a state resettlement scheme. Those who defied this new spatial order were threatened with eviction. Moore shows how Kaerezians’ predicaments of place pivot on memories of “suffering for territory,” at once an idiom of identity and entitlement. Combining fine-grained ethnography with innovative theoretical insights, this book illuminates the complex interconnections between local practices of power and the wider forces of colonial rule, nationalist politics, and global discourses of development.

Moore makes a significant contribution to postcolonial theory with his conceptualization of “entangled landscapes” by articulating racialized rule, situated sovereignties, and environmental resources. Fusing Gramscian cultural politics and Foucault’s analytic of governmentality, he enlists ethnography to foreground the spatiality of power. Suffering for Territory demonstrates how emplaced micro-practices matter, how the outcomes of cultural struggles are contingent on the diverse ways land comes to be inhabited, labored upon, and suffered for.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822335702
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
09/12/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : situated struggles1
1Lines of dissent35
2Disciplining development68
3Landscapes of livelihood96
4Racialized dispossession129
5The ethnic spatial fix153
6Enduring evictions184
7Selective sovereignties219
8Spatial subjection250
9The traction of rights and rule281
Epilogue : effective articulations310

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