CRISIS! WHAT CRISIS?, the multiple dimensions of the Zimbabwean crisis

: Chiumbu (S.) & Musemwa (M.) eds.

R 395.00
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286 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2012


A collection of essays on the series of crises facing the people of Zimbabwe.

"Much ink has been spilt over 'the Zimbabwean crisis' in well-meaning explanations which merely confirm pre-existing ideological hypotheses. In a dramatic departure from this trend, 'Crisis! What crisis? The multiple dimensions of the Zimbabwean crisis' asks difficult questions about interlocking aspects of the crisis. This multi-disciplinary collection of essays shows that much can be gleaned from paying attention to the humanity of Zimbabweans at home and in the diaspora through the layered expressions of their agency." Pumla Dineo Gqola, author of "What is Slavery to Me?"

Contributions include:
"Perpetuating Colonial Legacies: the post-colonial state, water crises and the outbreak of disease in Harare, Zimbabwe, 1980-2009" by Muchaparara Musemwa
"Negotiating the Crisis: mobile phones and the informal economy in Zimbabwe" by Sarah Chiumbu and Richard Nyamanhindi
"Escaping Home: the case of ethnicity and formal education in the migration of Zimbabweans during the Zimbabwean 'crisis'" by Thabisani Ndlovu
"Negotiating the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border: the pursuit of survival by Mutare's poor, 2000-2008" by Fidelis Duri
"'A Zimbabwean joke is no laughing matter': e-humour and versions of subversion" by Jennifer Musangi
"Subterranean Faultlines: representations of Robert Mugabe in South African press cartoons" by Grace Musila and Dumisani Moyo

Sarah Chiumbu is a lecturer and head of the Department of Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Muchaparara Musemwa is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of the Witwatersrand.