1st Edition

Power in Contemporary Zimbabwe

Edited By Erasmus Masitera, Fortune Sibanda Copyright 2018
    194 Pages
    by Routledge

    194 Pages
    by Routledge

    In recent years, the Zimbabwe crisis rendered the country and its citizens to be a typical case of ‘failed states’, the world over. Zimbabwean society was and is still confronted with different challenges which include political, economic and social problems. Attempts to overcome these challenges have thrown light on the power that rests within individuals and or groups to change and even revolutionize their localities, communities, states and ultimately the world at large. Through experience, individuals and groups have promoted ideas that have aided in changing mentalities, attitudes and behaviors in societies at different levels.

    This book brings together contributors from various academic disciplines to reflect on and theorize the contours of power, including the intrinsic and or extrinsic models of power, which pertain to individuals, communities, and or groups in order to transform society. Reflections are on various groups such as political movements, environmental movements, religious groups, advocacy groups, gender groups, to mention but a few, as they struggle against marginalization, discrimination, exploitation, and other forms of oppression showing their agency or compliance.

    Grappling with Power in Contemporary Zimbabwe: The Introduction

    Erasmus Masitera and Fortune Sibanda

    The Search for Justice and Peace: Reflections on the Jambanja Discourse as an Articulation of Justice Foreshadowing Peace

    Dr Dube Edmore

    Reconciling the Indigenisation Narrative and the Eurocentric Education Curriculum in Zimbabwe: A Critical Dialogue

    Dennis Masaka

    Acculturation and Religious Ingenuity key for African Independent Churches: The Case of Guta Ra Jehova Church in Zimbabwe

    Shoorai Konyana

    Epistemic Injustice and Shona Indigenous Conceptions of Political Power 48

    Ephraim Taurai Gwaravanda,

    ‘Backward is forward!’ Power and Israelite founding values: Lessons for Zimbabwe

    Archieford Kurauone Mtetwa

    Indigenous African Crusaders of Environmental Keeping: A Phenomenological Reflection on the Power of AICs’ Practices in Zimbabwe

    Bernard P Humbe

    Bulawayo Linguistic Landscaping as Representative of Power Relations and Dynamics 86

    Sambulo Ndlovu

    Ubuntu Justice and the Power to Transform Modern Zimbabwean Rehabilitation Justice System. 96

    Erasmus Masitera

    Cultural Alienation and Violence in Zimbabwean Politics: Some Lessons from the Ngozi Phenomenon

    Prosper Muzambi

    Handing down the Poisoned Chalice: Institutionalization of Partisanship, Coercion and Solipsism in Mlalazi’s They are Coming (2014)

    Thamsanqa Moyo

    Unlocking the Media Power and Politics of Televangelism in Zimbabwe: A Contemporary Discourse

    Fortune Sibanda, and Elizabeth Farisai Hove

    Indigenous Religion and Environmental Challenges: Phenomenological Reflections on the Role of Environmental Management Agency in Zimbabwe.

    Tenson Muyambo


    Erasmus Masitera is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the Great Zimbabwe University, Masvingo.

    Fortune Sibanda holds a DPhil in Religious Studies from the University of Zimbabwe. He lectures in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Great Zimbabwe University, Masvingo.