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The Unit of Zimbabwean Studies is pleased to announce the publication by Routledge Press of the following book, released in February 2018:


The Political Economy of Livelihoods in Contemporary Zimbabwe.

Edited by Kirk Helliker, Manase Chiweshe and Sandra Bhatasara


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.


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

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