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Book Launch and Discussion – Farm Labour Struggles in Zimbabwe: The Ground of Politics

September 15, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Location:482 MacOdrum Library
Audience:Carleton Community
Key Contact:Institute of African Studies
Contact Email:african.studies@carleton.ca
Contact Phone:613 - 520 - 2600 ext. 2220

The Institute of African Studies and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology Present
A Book Launch and Discussion
Farm Labour Struggles in Zimbabwe: The Ground of Politics

Blair Rutherford (Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University), will be in discussion with Andriata Chironda (History, Carleton) & Lameck Zingano (Anthropology, Carleton) for a launch of his new book Farm Labour Struggles in Zimbabwe: The Ground of Politics. In the early twentieth-first century, white-owned farms in Zimbabwe were subject to large-scale occupations in an increasingly violent struggle between national electoral politics, land reform, and contestations over democracy. Were the black occupiers being freed from racist bondage as cheap laborers by the state-supported massive land redistribution, or were they victims of state violence who had been denied access to their homes, social services, and jobs? Rutherford examines the unequal social and power relations shaping the lives, livelihoods, and struggles of some farm workers during this momentous period in Zimbabwean history.

Copies of the book (courtesy of Octopus Books) can be purchased at the event.