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.
Table of Contents
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
Acculturation and Religious Ingenuity key for African Independent Churches: The Case of Guta Ra Jehova Church in Zimbabwe
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
Ubuntu Justice and the Power to Transform Modern Zimbabwean Rehabilitation Justice System. 96
Cultural Alienation and Violence in Zimbabwean Politics: Some Lessons from the Ngozi Phenomenon
Handing down the Poisoned Chalice: Institutionalization of Partisanship, Coercion and Solipsism in Mlalazi’s They are Coming (2014)
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.
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.