From Enslavement to Environmentalism

Politics on a Southern African Frontier

David McDermott Hughes



From Enslavement to Environmentalism takes a challenging ethnographic and historical at the politics of eco-development in the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border zone. David Hughes argues that European colonisation in Souther Africa- essentially an unsuccessful to turn thr region into another North America or Australia- has profoundly reshaped rural politics and culture and continues to do so to this day, as neo-liberal development commoditize the lands of African peasants in the name of conseravtion and economic progress.


Smart and origional, this book will provoke interest and controversy among both advocates and critics of neo-liberal development policy in Africa. Its strength lies precisely in its bold conceptual framework and polemical style. - Eric Worby, Yale University


David McDermott Hughes is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Human Ecology and a member of the Graduate Faculty of Geography at Rutgers University, USA.