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The Political Economy of Livelihoods in Contemporary Zimbabwe

1st Edition

Edited by Kirk Helliker, Manase Kudzai Chiweshe, Sandra Bhatasara


232 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Since the introduction of the fast track land reform programme in 2000, Zimbabwe has undergone major economic and political shifts and these have had a profound impact on both urban and rural livelihoods. This book provides rich empirical studies that examine a range of multi-faceted and contested livelihoods within the context of systemic crises. Taking a broad political economy approach, the chapters advance a grounded and in-depth understanding of emerging and shifting livelihood processes, strategies and resilience that foregrounds agency at household level.

Highlighting an emergent scholarship amongst young black scholars in Zimbabwe, and providing an understanding of how people and communities respond to socio-economic challenges, this book is an important read for scholars of African political economy, southern African studies and livelihoods.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction – Theorising the Political Economy of Livelihoods in Contemporary Zimbabwe

Sandra Bhatasara, Manase Kudzai Chiweshe and Kirk Helliker

Chapter 2: Livelihood Strategies of Urban Women: Emerging Evidence from Magaba, Harare

Takunda Chirau

Chapter 3: Livelihood Strategies in Harare: The Case of Low-Income Households in Budiriro

Tafadzwa Chevo

Chapter 4: Sex Work as a Livelihood Strategy in the Border Town of Beitbridge

Wadzanai Takawira and Kirk Helliker

Chapter 5: Migration-based Livelihoods in post-2000 Zimbabwe

Manase Kudzai Chiweshe

Chapter 6: Agricultural Production Systems of Small-Scale Farmers in Hwedza in the Context of Innovation Platforms

Innocent Mahiya

Chapter 7: Development NGOs – Understanding Participatory Methods, Accountability and Effectiveness of World Vision in Umzingwane District

Kayla Knight Waghorn

Chapter 8: A Critical Analysis of Community Participation at the Primary Level of the Health System in Goromonzi District

Rachel Gondo

Chapter 9: Climate Variability in Local Scales – Narratives and Ambivalences from Mutoko District

Sandra Bhatasara

Chapter 10: Livelihoods Vulnerability among Riverbed Farmers in Negande, NyamiNyami District

Felix Tombindo

Chapter 11: "Let Them Starve so that they ‘Hear’ us" – Differing Perspectives on Unresolved Land Occupations and Livelihoods at Mushandike Smallholder Irrigation Scheme, Masvingo District

Jonathan Mafukidze

Chapter 12: "Other People Inherit Property, But I Inherit People and Their Problems" – The Role of Kinship and Social Capital in Providing Care and Support for the HIV Infected and AIDS Affected, Chivanhu Informal Settlement, Masvingo Province

Loveness Makonese 

Chapter 13: Insecure Land Tenure and Natural Resource Use in a Post-Fast Track Area of Zimbabwe

Takunda Chabata

Chapter 14: Fast Track Land Reform Programme and Women in Goromonzi District

Loveness Chakona and Manase Kudzai Chiweshe

About the Editors

Kirk Helliker is Director of the Unit of Zimbabwean Studies, Rhodes University, South Africa.

Manase Kudzai Chiweshe is a Senior Lecturer at Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe.

Sandra Bhatasara is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on the Political Economy of Africa

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies