The Unsettled Land

State-making & the Politics of Land in Zimbabwe 1893-2003

Jocelyn Alexander

 

Synopsis

The Unsettled Land engages with the current debates on land and politics in Africa and provides a much-needed historical narrative of the Zimbabwean case. In early 2000, a process of land occupation began in Zimbabwe. It involved the movement of hundreds of thousands of black farmers onto mostly white-owned farms, often under the leadership of veterans of Zimbabwe's 1970s liberation war. The Zanu (PF) government cast this moment as the end of colonialism. Others saw it as mere electioneering, the desperate machinations of an illegitimate government.

Review

The Unsettled Land draws attention to the enduring power of institutions, such as chieftaincy, and ideologies, such as modernism and nationalism, that have shaped the politics of land in Zimbabwe. - Journal of Southern African Studies

Author

Jocelyn Alexander is professor of Commonwealth Studies at Oxford University. Her research interests lie in the social and political history of southern Africa.