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Redemptive or Grotesque Nationalism

Rethinking Contemporary Politics in Zimbabwe


Edited By Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni and James Muzondidya

At the beginning of 2000, with the launch of the so-called Third Chimurenga, Zimbabwean nationalism revealed some of its most grotesque aspects, resulting in a polarisation of the nation into ‘patriots’ and ‘sell-outs’ and dividing academics into groups such as ‘regime intellectuals’, left-nationalists, left-internationalists, ‘nativists’ and ‘neo-liberals’. Drawing upon the arguments and insights of an array of scholars, many based in Zimbabwe, this book offers a new analysis of the grotesque character of Zimbabwean nationalism, a nationalism that has provoked ambivalent responses locally, regionally and internationally.
Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni is Associate Professor of Development Studies at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria. He is the author of numerous publications including Do ‘Zimbabweans’ Exist? Trajectories of Nationalism, National Identity Formation and Crisis in a Postcolonial State (Peter Lang, 2009).
James Muzondidya is a Research Manager at the Zimbabwe Institute based in Harare. His main research interests lie in cultural history and identity politics. He is the author of Walking a Tightrope: Towards a Social History of the Coloured People of Zimbabwe (2005).