THE POLITICAL LIFE OF AN EPIDEMIC, cholera, crisis and citizenship in Zimbabwe

: Chigudu (S.)

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230pp., illus., map, paperback, Cambridge, 2020

 

Simukai Chigudu traces the historical origins of the 2008/09 cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe, examines the pattern of its unfolding and impact, analyses the institutional and communal responses and discusses the questions that have persisted as people struggle to come to terms with the epidemic as a ‘man-made’ disaster.

"Chigudu has captured perfectly the political trajectory of a tragedy that formed not only political discourse but political subjectivities - reflected in the rich testimonies he has gathered. It is a book rich in its detail, ultimately bleak, and helps us understand the political condition of Zimbabwe." Stephen Chan, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Simukai Chigudu is Associate Professor of African Politics at the University of Oxford, and Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford. He was awarded the biennial Audrey Richards Prize for the best doctoral thesis in African Studies examined at a UK university. He worked as a medical doctor before becoming an academic.