ISBN 9789956550319
Pages 280
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2019
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Displacement, Elimination and Replacement of Indigenous People

Putting into Perspective Land Ownership and Ancestry in Decolonising Contemporary Zimbabwe

edited by Jairos Kangira, Artwell Nhemachena, Nelson Mlambo

Colonial scholars have taken immense pleasure in portraying Africans as possessed by spirits but as lacking possession and ownership of their resources, including land. Erroneously deemed to be thoroughly spiritually possessed but lacking senses of material possession and ownership of resources, Africans have been consistently dispossessed and displaced from the era of enslavement, through colonialism, to the neocolonial era. Delving into the historiography of dispossession and displacement on the continent of Africa, and in particular in Zimbabwe, this book also tackles contemporary forms of dispossession and displacement manifesting in the ongoing transnational corporations land grabs in Africa, wherein African peasants continue to be dispossessed and displaced.

Focusing on the topical issues around dispossession and repossession of land, and the attendant displacements in contemporary Zimbabwe, the book theorises displacements from a decolonial Pan-Africanist perspective and it also unpacks various forms of displacements – corporeal, noncorporeal, cognitive, spiritual, genealogical and linguistic displacements, among others. The book is an excellent read for scholars from a variety of disciplines such as Geography, Sociology, Social Anthropology, History, Linguistics, Development Studies, Science and technology Studies, Jurisprudence and Social Theory, Law and Philosophy. The book also offers intellectual grit for policy makers and implementers, civil society organisations including activists as well as thinkers interested in decolonisation and transformation.

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About the Editors

Jairos Kangira

Jairos Kangira is a Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Namibia. He earned his PhD in Rhetoric Studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Artwell Nhemachena

Artwell Nhemachena holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town. He has lectured at a number of universities in Zimbabwe. Currently he lectures in Sociology at the University of Namibia. He has published journal papers, book chapters and books on violence and conflict, relational ontologies and resilience, environment, development, democracy, research methods, humanitarianism and civil society organisations, anthropological jurisprudence, mining, society and politics, religion, industrial sociology, decoloniality and social theory. He is a laureate and active member of CODESRIA since 2010. 

Nelson Mlambo

Nelson Mlambo holds a PhD and currently lectures in the Department of Language and Literature Studies at the University of Namibia.

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