Association of Concerned Africa Scholars Review (previously: Bulletin)
ACAS Bulletin 82: Reflections on Mahmood Mamdani’s ‘Lessons of Zimbabwe’

Further Reading on Zimbabwe

March 2009

Association of Concerned Africa Scholars Special Issues on Zimbabwe Bulletin 79 (Summer 2008) and Bulletin 80 (Winter 2008). See complete list of articles at the end of this bibliography.

Alexander, Jocelyn, 2006. The Unsettled Land. State-making & the Politics of Land in Zimbabwe 1983–2003. Oxford: James Currey; Harare: Weaver Press; Athens: Ohio University Press.

Bond, Patrick, and Masimba Manyanya. 2002. Zimbabwe’s Plunge: Exhausted Nationalism, Neoliberalism and the Search for Social Justice. UKZN Press, Merlin Press, Weaver Press and Africa World Press.

Bratton, Michael and Eldred Masunungure, 2008 “Zimbabwe’s Long Agony”, Journal of Democracy, Vol. 19, No. 4.

Bratton, Michael and Eldred Masunungure, 2006. ‘Popular Reactions to State Repression: Operation Murambatsvina in Zimbabwe’. African Affairs, Vol. 106, No. 422, pp. 21-45.

Campbell, Horace. 2003. Reclaiming Zimbabwe: The Exhaustion of the Patriarchal Model of Liberation (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press)

Cousins, Ben, 2003. ‘The Zimbabwe Crisis in its Wider Context: The Politics of Land, Democracy and Development in Southern Africa’. In Amanda Hammar, Brian Raftopoulos and Stig Jensen (eds), Zimbabwe’s Unfinished Business: Rethinking Land, State and Nation in the Context of Crisis. Harare: Weaver Press, pp. 263–316.

Cousins, Ben, 2006. ‘Review Essay. Debating the Politics of Land Occupations’. Journal of Agrarian Change, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 584–97.

Derman, Bill and Anne Hellum, 2007, “Land, Identity and Violence in Zimbabwe” in Citizenship, Identity and Conflicts over Land and Water in Contemporary Africa edited by Bill Derman, Rie Odgaard and Espen Sjaastad. London, Durban and East Lansing: James Currey, University of Kwazulu Press and Michigan State University Press, 161-186.

Dorman, Sara Rich. 2005. “‘Make sure they count nicely this time’: The Politics of Elections and Election-observing in Zimbabwe”, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 43:1.

Dorman, Sara Rich. 2003. “From the Politics of Inclusion to the Politics of Exclusion: State and Society in Zimbabwe, 1997-2000” Journal of Southern African Studies. 29:4.

Eppel, Shari, 2009. ‘The Global Political Agreement and the Unity Accord in Zimbabwe’. IDASA website at:

Fontein, Joost. 2006 The Silence of Great Zimbabwe: Contested Landscapes and the Power of Heritage London: UCL Press & Harare: Weaver Press.

Freeman, Linda, 2005. “Contradictory Constructions of the Crisis in Zimbabwe,” Historia (Journal of the South African Historical Association), 50, 2, 287-310.

Freeman, Linda, 2005. “South Africa’s Zimbabwe Policy: Unravelling the Contradictions,” Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 23, 2, 147-172.

Geppah, Petina, 2009. An Elegy for Easterly, London, Faber and Faber.

Geppah, Petina, 2007 “Oration for a Dead Hero” Prospect, 135.

Hammar, Amanda, 2008. ‘In the Name of Sovereignty: Displacement and State Making in Post-Independence Zimbabwe. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 26, no. 4, pp.417-434.

Hammar, Amanda, Brian Raftopoulos and Stig Jensen (eds), 2003. Zimbabwe’s Unfinished Business: Rethinking Land, State and Nation in the Context of Crisis. Harare: Weaver Press.

Hammar, Amanda, 2003. ‘The Making and Unma(s)king of Local Government in Zimbabwe’. In Amanda Hammar, Brian Raftopoulos and Stig Jensen (eds), Zimbabwe’s Unfinished Business: Rethinking Land, State and Nation in the Context of Crisis. Harare: Weaver Press, pp. 119-154.

Harold-Barry, David (ed.) 2004. Zimbabwe: the Past is the Future. Harare: Weaver Press.

Hughes, David McDermott. 2008. From Enslavement to Environmentalism: Politics on a Southern African Frontier. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Kamete, A.Y., 2009. “In the service of tyranny: debating the role of planning in Zimbabwe’s urban ‘clean-up’ operation”, Urban Studies, 46(3).

Kamete, A. Y. 2003. “In defence of national sovereignty? — Urban governance and democracy in Zimbabwe,” Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 21(2): 193–213.

Kinsey, Bill, 2004. ‘Zimbabwe’s Land Reform Programme: Underinvestment in Post-Conflict Transformation’. World Development, Vol.32, No.10, pp. 1669–1696.

Kriger, Norma. 2006. “From Patriotic Memories to ‘Patriotic History’ in Zimbabwe, 1990-2005.” Third World Quarterly 27(6): 1151-69.

Kriger, Norma. 2005. “ZANU (PF) Strategies in General Elections, 1980-2000: Discourse and Coercion.” African Affairs 104(414):1-34.

LeBas, Adrienne. 2006. “Polarization as Craft: Party Formation and State Violence in Zimbabwe”, Comparative Politics 38:4.

McGregor, JoAnn, 2002, ‘The Politics of Disruption: War Veterans and the Local State in Zimbabwe’. African Affairs, 101, pp. 9–37.

Moore, David, 2008. ‘Coercion, Consent, Context: Operation Murambatsvina and ZANU-PF’s Illusory Quest for Hegemony’ in Maurice Vambe, (ed.), The Hidden Dimensions of Operation Murambatsvina in Zimbabwe, Harare & Pretoria: Weaver Press & African Institute, 2008.

Moore, David, 2005. ‘ZANU-PF and the Ghosts of Foreign Funding,’ Review of African Political Economy, 103, 156-162

Moore, Donald S., 2005. Suffering for Territory. Race, Place and Power in Zimbabwe. Durham and London: Duke University Press, Harare: Weaver Press.

Muzondidya, James. 2007. “Jambanja: Ideological Ambiguities in the Politics of Land and Resource Ownership in Zimbabwe.” Journal of Southern African Studies 33(2): 325-341.

Muzondidya, James, and Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni, 2007. ‘Echoing silences’: ethnicity in post-colonial Zimbabwe, 1980-2007. African Journal on Conflict Resolution 7(2):275-297.

Potts, Debby, 2006. ‘All my hopes and dreams are shattered’: urbanization and migrancy in an imploding economy – the case of Zimbabwe, Geoforum, 37, 4: 536-551.

Potts, Debby, 2006, “’Restoring Order’? The interrelationships between Operation Murambatsvina in Zimbabwe and Urban Poverty, Informal Housing and Employment”, Journal of Southern African Studies 32, 2.

Raftopoulos, Brian, 2007. ‘Lessons in Violence.’ In Gugulethu Moyo and Mark Ashurst (eds), The Day after Mugabe: Prospects for Change in Zimbabwe Africa Research Institute, London, pp. 53-56.

Raftopoulos, Brian, 2007. ‘Reflections on Opposition Politics in Zimbabwe: The Politics of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC),’ in Ranka Primorac and Stephen Chan (eds) Zimbabwe in Crisis: The International Response and the Space of Silence, Routledge, pp. 125-152.

Raftopoulos, Brian. 2006.’The Zimbabwe Crisis and the Challenges for the Left’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 32:2.

Raftopoulos, Brian and Karin Alexander (eds), 2006. Reflections on Democratic Politics in Zimbabwe. Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Cape Town.

Raftopoulos, Brian and Tyrone Savage (eds), 2004. Zimbabwe: Injustice and Political Reconciliation. Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Cape Town.

Raftopoulos. Brian and Lloyd Sachikonye (eds), 2001. Striking Back: The Labour Movement and the Post-Colonial State in Zimbabwe 1980-2000. Weaver Press, Harare.

Ranger, Terence, 2005. ‘The Uses and Abuses of History in Zimbabwe’ in Mai Palmberg and Ranka Primorac, (eds.), Skinning the Skunk – Facing Zimbabwe Futures, Uppsala, Nordic African Institute.

Ranger, Terence, 2004, ‘Nationalist Historiography, Patriotic History and the History of the Nation: the Struggle over the Past in Zimbabwe’. Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 215–34.

Ranger, Terence (ed), 2003. The Historical Dimensions of Democracy and Human Rights in Zimbabwe. Volume Two: Nationalism, Democracy and Human Rights. Harare: University of Zimbabwe Press.

Rutherford, Blair. 2008 “Conditional Belonging: Farm Workers and the Cultural Politics of Recognition in Zimbabwe.” Development and Change 39(1):73-99.

Rutherford, Blair, 2001. Working on the Margins: Black Workers, White Farmers in Postcolonial Zimbabwe. London: Zed Books, Harare: Weaver Press.

Sachikonye, Lloyd M., 2003. ‘From “Growth with Equity” to “Fast Track” Reform: Zimbabwe’s Land Question’. Review of African Political Economy, Vol. 30, No. 96, pp. 227–40.

Saunders, Richard, 2008. ”Painful Paradoxes: Mining, Crisis and Regional Capital in Zimbabwe” Ezine: South Africa in Africa No. 4.

Scarnecchia, Timothy. 2008. The Urban Roots of Democracy and Political Violence in Zimbabwe: Harare and Highfield, 1940-1964. Rochester NY: University of Rochester Press.

Scarnecchia, Timothy 2006. “The `Fascist Cycle’ in Zimbabwe, 2000-2005” Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 221-237.

Spierenburg, Marja J. 2004. Strangers, Spirits, and Land Reforms: Conflicts about Land in Dande, Northern Zimbabwe, Leiden: Brill.

Vambe, Maurice, (ed). 2008. The Hidden Dimensions of Operation Murambatsvina in Zimbabwe, Harare & Pretoria: Weaver Press & African Institute of South Africa.

Worby, Eric, 2001. ‘The New Agrarian Politics in Zimbabwe’. Journal of Agrarian Change, Vol.1, No. 4, pp. 475–509.

The following articles from recent ACAS Special Zimbabwe Bulletins are available on-line

Association of Concerned Africa Scholars Special Zimbabwe Bulletin 79 (Summer 2008)

Can Elections End Mugabe’s Dictatorship?
Norma Kriger

Methodism and Socio-Political Action in Zimbabwe: 2000-2007
Jimmy G. Dube

An Analysis of the Emerging Political Dispensation in South Africa — Parallels Between ZCTU-MDC and COSATU’s Relationship to ANC
Augustine Hungwe

Reaping the Bitter Fruits of Stalinist Tendencies in Zimbabwe
Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

An Academic’s Journalism in the Zimbabwean Interregnum
David Moore

Operation ‘Final Solution’: Intimidation and Violence Against White Farmers in Post-Election Zimbabwe
Amy E. Ansell

Zimbabwe: Ndira Body Found
Peta Thornycroft

‘Letter from Harare–May 8, 2008’

An Open Letter to South African President Thabo Mbeki
Wendy Urban-Mead

Editorial: In Zimbabwe Today, Politics is Violence
Timothy Scarnecchia

Association of Concerned Africa Scholars Special Issues on Zimbabwe Bulletin 80 (Winter 2008)

A Tale of Two Elections: Zimbabwe at the Polls in 2008
Jocelyn Alexander and Blessing-Miles Tendi

Waiting for Power-sharing: A False Promise?
Norma Kriger

The Glass Fortress: Zimbabwe’s Cyber-Guerrilla Warfare
Clapperton Mavhunga

Reflections on Displacement in Zimbabwe
Amanda Hammar

Zimbabweans Living in the South African Border-Zone: Negotiating, Suffering, and Surviving
Blair Rutherford

Anti-Imperialism and Schizophrenic revolutionaries in Zimbabwe
Tamuka Chirimambowa

The Zimbabwean Working Peoples: Between a Political Rock and an Economic Hard Place
Horace Campbell

Zimbabwe: Failing Better?
David Moore

Review: Heidi Holland’s Dinner with Mugabe
Sean Jacobs

Editorial: In the Shadow of Gukurahundi
Timothy Scarnecchia

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