Do ‘Zimbabweans’ Exist?

Trajectories of Nationalism, National Identity Formation and Crisis in a Postcolonial State

by Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni (Author)
Monographs XIV, 414 Pages
Series: Africa in Development, Volume 3


This book examines the triumphs and tribulations of the Zimbabwean national project, providing a radical and critical analysis of the fossilisation of Zimbabwean nationalism against the wider context of African nationalism in general. The book departs radically from the common ‘praise-texts’ in seriously engaging with the darker aspects of nationalism, including its failure to create the nation-as-people, and to install democracy and a culture of human rights. The author examines how the various people inhabiting the lands between the Limpopo and Zambezi Rivers entered history and how violence became a central aspect of the national project of organising Zimbabweans into a collectivity in pursuit of a political end.


XIV, 414
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (January)
Ethnicity pan-Africanism Citizenship Mugabe-ism
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2009. XIV, 414 pp.

Biographical notes

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni (Author)

The Author: Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni is currently Lecturer in African Studies at the Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies at the Open University in Milton Keynes. He was previously Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of International Studies at Monash University. He has published widely on Zimbabwean and South African history and politics with a specific focus on nationalism, identity, governance, state, nativism and conflict.


Title: Do ‘Zimbabweans’ Exist?