Polarization & Transformation in Zimbabwe

Social Movements, Strategy Dilemmas and Change

Erin McCandless


Book not available in Zimbabwe.


Social movements and civic organizations often face profound strategy dilemmas that can hamper their effectiveness and prevent them from contributing to transformative change and peace. In Zimbabwe two particular dilemmas have fed into and fueled destructive processes of political polarization-dividing society, leadership, and decision-makers well beyond its borders. This book investigates these issues through two social movement organizations-the National Constitutional Assembly and the Zimbabwe National War Veterans' Association-and the movements they led to achieve constitutional change and radical land redistribution.


This book provides rich empirical details on the competing narratives regarding the evolution of Zimbabwe's social movements since the social crisis-entailing deteriorating employment, incomes, and social services-resulting from the negative economic impacts of neoliberal policies adopted in 1990. - Sam Moyo


Erin McCandless is a scholar and practitioner with over two decades of experience working on and in conflict affected settings. She teaches at the New School in New York.