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Do ‘Zimbabweans’ Exist?

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

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Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

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.

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Althusser, Louis, 29 Amendment, 19, 339 American civil rights movement, 68 Anderson, Benedict, 48–50 Anglo-Ndebele War, 171 Antisocial Personality Disorder, 245–6 autochthony, 269 Bhebe, Ngwabi, 15, 351 Biti, Tendai, 335 Black Consciousness, 353 black liberation, 53, 353 black-on-black violence, 197 ‘bourgeois violence’, 200–1 British Labour Party, 68 British South Africa Company (BSAC), 74, 162–3 Bulawayo, 33, 174–5 Bulawayo Advisory Board, 176 Bulawayo Football Association, 67 Bulle, Ernest, 143 burial societies, 67 Cape liberal tradition, 68, 69 Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), 152–3 celebratory narratives, 42 Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), 226, 334–5 Chartered British South Africa Company, 172 Chatterjee, Partha, 49–50 Chikerema, James Dambadza, 76, 81–2, 177 11 March Movement, 82 21 February Movement, 289 African Ballroom Dancing Club, 67 African identity, 76 African myths, 64 African National Congress (ANC), 59, 69, 71 African National Council (ANC), 120, 124, 135, 136–7 African National Council-Zimbabwe (ANC-Z), 137 African national project, 5–6, 9–10, 346–7, 364–5 African Nationalism, 75, 126, 128, 130 African nationalism, 50–1, 346–7 criminalisation of, 82–3 development of, 64–5 historical context of, 60–1 as a reactive phenomena, 44–5, 46, 48 Sithole’s view of, 129, 131 African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), 365 African Renaissance, 364 African tribalism, 50–1 African Union (AU), 333, 365 African Universal Benefit Society (AUBS), 59, 65, 71 Africanisation, 118 African-on-African violence, 197 Afro-radicalism, 90, 265–6 agrarian reform, see land reform Air Force of Zimbabwe,...

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