ISBN 9781779222176
Pages 364
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2013
Publisher Weaver Press, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

In the Shadow of a Conflict

Crisis in Zimbabwe and its effects in Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia

edited by Bill Derman, Randi Kaarhus

Zimbabwe has cast a powerful regional and international shadow since it became independent in 1980 and more recently, through the crises of the first decade of the twenty-first century. The 2000s were a decade of combined political, economic and social crises in Zimbabwe following what had been a relatively successful twenty years of independence since 1980. The scale, depth and severity of the crises evolving since 2000 have been as dramatic as they have been unexpected. While there has been substantial coverage of the internal consequences of Zimbabwe's crises less attention has been paid to its regional and cross-border consequences. In explaining the ongoing processes stemming from the crises, this book looks at three neighboring countries - Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia - to depict how, over time, they have experienced and interpreted events in Zimbabwe, how they have dealt with Zimbabweans entering their territories, and how they have or have not formulated policies and developed practices to cope with the arrival of new and mainly undocumented Zimbabwean immigrants.

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About the Editors

Bill Derman

Bill Derman is currently Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University and the Department of International Environment and Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan and has carried out long term field work in west and southern Africa. He is currently engaged in research on land restitution in South Africa and in water governance, human rights, gender and integrated water resources management in Zimbabwe. He is currently editing (with Anne Hellum and Kristin B. Sandvik) a volume entitled Human Rights: Ambiguities of Rights Claiming in Africa.

Randi Kaarhus

Randi Kaarhus is currently Head of Research at the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Holding a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Oslo, she has carried out research both in South America and south-eastern Africa, focusing on Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania. Recent publications analyse local conceptions of rights and gender, food and livelihoods, and address conflicts over land and natural resources.

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