Whiteness in Zimbabwe

Race, Landscape & the Problem of Belonging

David McDermott Hughes



European settler societies have a long history of establishing a sense of belonging and entitlement outside Europe, but Zimbabwe has proven to be the exception to the rule. Arriving in the 1890s, white settlers never comprised more than a tiny minority. Instead of grafting themselves onto local societies, they adopted a strategy of escape.


It took a book this engaging to show us how linked the categories of race and space are. The entitlements and embodiments of white settlement shaped the history and hydrology of agriculture and development in Zimbabwe. - Luise White, University of Florida


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