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Zimbabwe Takes Back its Land

Joseph Hanlon (author) Jeanette Manjengwa (author)
Teresa Smart (author)

ISBN: 9781565495203

Publication Date: Dec 2012

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Offers a much more positive and nuanced assessment of land reform in Zimbabwe, one that counters the dominant narratives of oppression and economic stagnation. This is an inspiring story of collective agency by the exploited, and how development can take place in even the most hostile of circumstances.
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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.
Additional Resources Click here to listen to an author interview
Link http://www2.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/player.aspx?id=1720
Pages 272
Date Published 30 Dec 2012
Publisher Kumarian Press
Subject/s Land rights  
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.

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