Tales of the Nation

Feminist Nationalism or Patriotic History? Defining National History and Identity in Zimbabwe

Lene Bull-Christiansen



In light of the uses and misuses of history in Zimbabwean politics in recent years, this research focuses on how versions of the country’s liberation war history have become a site of struggle over the definition of Zimbabwean national identity. As "identity politics" often do, Zimbabwean nationalism draws on a wide field of cultural symbols of identity and political discourses of inclusion and exclusion. Therefore, the book takes a cross-disciplinary approach to the issue of national identity by "mapping out" the imaginary field of Zimbabwean nationalism.


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Lene Bull-Christiansen holds an MA in International Development Studies and Cultural Encounters from Roskilde University in Denmark. Her research interests include nationalism, gender, political culture, and postcolonial theory.