The Zimbabwean Crisis after Mugabe
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This book examines the ways in which political discourses of crisis and ‘newness’ are (re)produced, circulated, naturalised, received and contested in Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe.
Going beyond the ordinariness of conventional political, human and social science methods, the book offers new and engaging multi-disciplinary approaches that treat discourse and language as important sites to encounter the politics of contested representations of the Zimbabwean crisis in the wake of the 2017 coup. The book centres discourse in new approaches to contestations around the discursive framing of various aspects of the socio-economic and political crisis related to significant political changes in Zimbabwe post-2017. Contributors in this volume, most of whom experienced the complex transition firsthand, examine some of the ways in which language functions as a socio-cultural and political mechanism for creating imaginaries, circulating, defending and contesting conceptions, visions, perceptions and knowledges of the post-Mugabe turn in the Zimbabwean crisis and its management by the "New Dispensation".
This book will be of interest to scholars of African Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Language/Discourse Studies, African politics and culture.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Negotiating the Zimbabwean crisis post-Mugabe (Gibson Ncube, Oliver Nyambi & Tendai Mangena) Part 1: Negotiating memories of Mugabe and the past Chapter 1: Burying or erasing Mugabe? A crisis of memory in the New Dispensation (Tendai Mangena & Gibson Ncube) Chapter 2: Raising her bones: Contextualising the politicisation of Nehanda’s legacy in the post-Mugabe era (Shingi Mavima) Chapter 3: (Un)settling bones: Abstruse liberations and re-gendered commemorations in Panashe Chigumadzi’s These bones will rise again (Oliver Nyambi) Chapter 4: The toponymic undoing of Grace Mugabe and the G40 narrative in the New Dispensation: A political semiotics exegesis (Zvinashe Mamvura, Mickson Mazuruse & Innocent Mupandasekwa) Chapter 5: Rituals of revolution? Place renaming and the crisis of transition in Zimbabwe (Dorcas Zuvalinyenga) Part 2: Discourses of transition and legitimation in popular spaces Chapter 6: The discursive legitimation of the 2017 coup in Zimbabwe’s mainstream newspapers (Mphathisi Ndlovu & Vimbai B. Chinembiri) Chapter 7: The mediatised image of Robert Mugabe during the 2017 Zimbabwean coup (Hugh Mangeya) Chapter 8: Social media, COVID-19 and the ‘Second Republic’ in Zimbabwe: Memes as instruments of subversion on President Mnangagwa’s Facebook page (Rodwell Makombe) Chapter 9: Song, patriotism and (il)legitimacy: The politics of transition in post-Mugabe Zimbabwe (Tavengwa Gwekwerere) Chapter 10: Politics, protest and music in the Second Republic: The subversive aesthetics of Winky D’s post-coup songs (Doreen R. Tivenga) Part 3: Discursive interventions of political transition Chapter 11: Military-assisted transition, the New Dispensation and the facade of change in Zimbabwe post-Mugabe (Wesley Mwatara & Munyaradzi Nyakudya) Chapter 12: Bounded reasoning and the complexity of change in governance: reflections on post-2017 Zimbabwe (Dennis Masaka) Chapter 13: The New Dispensation and the Second Republic: Discoursing transition in the post-Mugabe era (Tsiidzai Matsika) Chapter 14: Semanticising the ‘new’ in the New Dispensation: Discourse and the politics of nationalist renewal in post-2017 Zimbabwe (Sambulo Ndlovu)
Dr Oliver Nyambi is currently a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation hosted by Susan Arndt in The Professorship of English Studies and Anglophone Literatures at Bayreuth University, Germany Dr Tendai Mangena is currently a Fulbright Research Scholar in the Department of Comparative Literature and Languages at the University of California, Riverside, USA Prof Gibson Ncube is an Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Zimbabwe.