The Nature of Whiteness

Race, Animals & Nation in Zimbabwe

Yuka Suzuki



The Nature of Whiteness explores the intertwining of race and nature in post-independence Zimbabwe. Nature and environment have played prominent roles in white Zimbabwean identity, and when the political tide turned against white farmers after independence, nature was the most powerful resource they had at their disposal. In the 1970s, "Mlilo," a private conservancy sharing boundaries with Hwange National Park, became the first site in Zimbabwe to experiment with "wildlife production," and by the 1990s, wildlife tourism had become one of the most lucrative industries in the country.


In lucid, vivid ethnography, Yuka Suzuki makes an insightful contribution to debates on race, nature, and nation. I recommend this book to anyone fascinated or appalled by the enduring romance between settler societies and (imagined) wildness. ―David McDermott Hughes, Rutgers University


Yuka Suzuki is associate professor of anthropology at Bard College.