Sites of Struggle

Essays in Zimbabwe's Urban History

Brian Raftopoulos & Tsuneo Yoshikuni


The book is available from the publisher in Harare.


The growing scholarship on urban historiography in Zimbabwe is neither widely published, nor particularly well known. The editors have here gathered the scattered and growing work on urban history into a representative volume, displaying the diversity of work that is available. The essays show that the study of urban history in Zimbabwe brings into focus a wide array of subjects: the spaces which were created for Africans in the urbanisation process; the contradictory responses of the colonial state; the effects of rural- urban linkages on labour organisation; and the struggles over the mapping of the city along racial, class and gender lines. The editors argue that the problems faced by colonial administrators continue to face their post-colonial counterparts, but in exacerbated form.


Raftopoulos and Yoshikuni have brought together a very strong set of essays that go a long way to filling a gap in the historiography of Zimbabwe. - Steven C. Rupert, The Journal of African History


Brian Raftopoulos is a Mellon Senior Research Mentor at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape and a former Associate Professor of Development Studies at the University of Zimbabwe.

Tsuneo Yoshikuni was a pioneer of Zimbabwean urban and social history and published a collection of essays on the subject in Japan. A manuscript of his reworked PhD thesis was published by Weaver Press in Harare.