9781137543448

Mugabeism? History, Politics, and Power in Zimbabwe

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    9781137543448

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-08-06
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

President Robert Gabriel Mugabe of Zimbabwe is an enigmatic figure who has been in power for over three decades. He is a difficult subject to understand because his political life has attracted both admirers and critics. This book is the first of its kind to try and make sense of the meaning of Mugabe from an interdisciplinary vantage point. It poses the difficult question of what Mugabeism means. What emerges is Mugabe as colonial, nationalist, and postcolonial subject manifesting complex ambivalences, ambiguities, and contradictions. Mugabe is at once a liberator, Machiavellian dictator, champion of socio-economic justice, patriarch, pan-Africanist, anti-democrat, and an anti-imperialist revolutionary. He is at once a progenitor and undertaker of Zimbabwe. He is at once popular and unpopular. It is these meanings of Mugabe that are explored in this book.

Author Biography

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni is a Professor and Head of Archie Mafeje Research Institute for Applied Social Policy (AMRI) at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and the founder and co-ordinator of Africa Decolonial Research Network (ADERN) at the same institution. He is the author of Do 'Zimbabweans' Exist? Trajectories of National Identity Formation, Nationalism and Crisis in a Postcolonial State (Peter Lang AG, 2009); Coloniality of Power in Postcolonial Africa: Myths of Decolonization (CODESRIA Book Series, 2013); and Empire, Global Coloniality and African Subjectivity (Berghahn Books, 2013).

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: MUGABEISM AND ENTANGLEMENTS OF HISTORY, POLITICS AND POWER IN THEMAKING OF ZIMBABWE
Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

PART 1: MUGABEISM, ECONOMIC NATIONALISM AND PAN-AFRICANISM
2. Robert Mugabe: An Intellectual Manqué and His Moments of Meaning
David B. Moore
3. Mugabe on Land, Indigenization and Development
Alois S. Mlambo
4. Mugabe's Neo-Sultanist Rule: Beyond the Veil of Pan-Africanism
Gorden Moyo

PART 2: DIPLOMACY, SOLIDARITY AND POWER
5. Intransigent Diplomat: Robert Mugabe and His Western Diplomacy
Timothy Scarnecchia
6. Sheriff in the Club of Dictators? Robert Mugabe's Role in the Politics of Southern Africa
Munyaradzi Nyakudya and Joseph Jakarasi
7. In the Footsteps of Robert Gabriel Mugabe: Namibian Solidarity with Mugabe's Populism: (Bogus) Anti-Imperialism in Practice
Henning Melber
8. Robert Mugabe: The Will to Power and Crisis of the Paradigm of War
Busani Mpofu and Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

PART 3: MASCULINITY, GENDER AND CORRUPTION
9. Mugabe the Man-Nation: Two Views of Culture and History in the Construction of Zimbabwe
Robert Muponde
10. Grappling with Mugabe's Masculinist Politics in Zimbabwe: A Gender Perspective
Rudo B. Gaidzanwa
11. Corruption and the Comrades: Mugabe and the 'Fight' Against Corruption in Zimbabwe
Wesley Mwatwara and Joseph Mujere


PART 4: GLOBAL COLONIALITY, RACISM AND MILITARISM
12. Mugabe's Land Reform and the Provocation of Global White Anti-Black Racism
Kenneth Tafira
13. A Fanonian Reading of Robert Gabriel Mugabe as Colonial Subject
Tendayi Sithole
14. African Leadership in the Age of Euro-North American-centric Modernity: A Decolonial Critique of Robert Mugabe
Morgan Ndlovu
15. Mugabe and the Military Alliance: Zimbabwe's Prospects of Democratic Transition
Kudzai Matereke and Niveen El Moghazy

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