Colonialism and Violence in Zimbabwe: A History of Suffering (BOK)

Heike Ingeborg Schmidt

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Suffering, the experience of violation brought on by an act of violence or violent circumstances, is omnipresent in today's world - if only indirectly through global media representation. Despite this apparent immediacy, understanding how a person makes sense of his or her suffering tends to be fragmentary and often elusive. This book examines this key question through the lens of rural Zimbabwe and a frontier area on the border with Mozambique. It shows how African women, men, and children fashioned their life-worlds in the face of conflict. Historian Heike Schmidt challenges the apparently inseparable twin pairing of Africa and suffering. Even in situations of great distress, she argues, individuals and groups may articulate their social desires and political ambitions, and reforge their identities - as long as the experience of violence is not one of sheer terror. She emphasizes the crucial role women, chiefs, and youths played in the renegotiation of a sense of belonging during different periods of time. Based on sustained fieldwork, Colonialism and Violence offers a compelling history of suffering in a small valley in Zimbabwe over the course of 150 years.B R> Heike Schmidt is a Research Associate at the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2012 Forfatter Heike Ingeborg Schmidt
Forlag
Boydell Press
ISBN 9781847010513
Antall sider 303 Dimensjoner 16cm x 23,9cm x 2,3cm
Vekt 658 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form African history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900