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Zimbabwe Takes Back Its Land

Joseph Hanlon Jeanette Manjengwa Teresa Smart



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Kumarian Press
15 October 2012
Land rights
The news from Zimbabwe is usually unremittingly bleak owing to the success of the Mugabe regime's control of information and sequestration/elimination of political opponents. Perhaps no issue has aroused such ire as the land reforms Mugabe has implemented, which, according to what journalist reports are available, have largely benefited Mugabe's cronies.

ZimbabweTakes Back it Land, however, offers a much more positive and nuanced assessment of land reform in Zimbabwe, one that counters the dominant narratives of oppression and economic stagnation. While not minimising the depredations of the Mugabe regime, and admitting that many of Mugabe's supporters benefited from the dictators largesse, the authors show how ordinary Zimbabweans have taken charge of their destinies in creative and unacknowledged ways through their use of land holdings obtained through Mugabe's land reform programs. This is an inspiring story of collective agency by the exploited, and how development can take place in even the most hostile of circumstances.
By:   Joseph Hanlon, Jeanette Manjengwa, Teresa Smart
Imprint:   Kumarian Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   386g
ISBN:   9781565495203
ISBN 10:   1565495209
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   15 October 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Joseph Hanlon is Technology Faculty, The Open University, UK. Jeannette Manjengwa is Deputy Director at the Institute for Environmental Studies, UK. Teresa Smart is Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Education, University of London.

Reviews for Zimbabwe Takes Back Its Land

This book provides a panoramic assessment of the land question in Zimbabwe over the last century, tracing how European settler land grabbing and farming was built through state subsidies and protection against black peasants and external markets. It examines how land reform since 1980 has reversed this trajectory of land ownership and agrarian development, and provided live narratives on the struggles of various classes of people to secure land and farm inputs, and gain access to markets, while revealing their hopes and pride as new farmers. Although it is critical about various deficiencies of the fast track land reform process and the subsequent agrarian reforms, it represents one of the few comprehensive renditions of the multi-faceted progressive outcomes of these reforms, which bring life to the social transformation underway and the challenges that remain. The authors combine various research approaches in their investigation and a laud writing style, with an extensive reading of the relevant literature cutting across the ideological and political divide of the narratives, before independence and since 2000. It is a must read for scholars and lay people alike.

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