Associate Prof Kirk Helliker
BA (Honours), Rhodes University; MA, Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada); PhD, Rhodes University
Teaching: Contemporary Social Theory, State and Society, Agrarian and Land Studies, Theories of Emancipation, Zimbabwean Studies and Latin American Studies
Research Interests: Agrarian and land reform, civil society and social movements, politics of emancipation
I have a Masters degree in Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada and a PhD from Rhodes University. My main research interests are agrarian-land reform, civil society and theories of social emancipation. My main country focus is Zimbabwe. I supervise a large number of PhD and Masters students (many of my students’ theses focus on Zimbabwe). I spent twenty years in Zimbabwe, including working in the field of rural development. I rejoined academic life in 2006. I am currently involved in research projects on the citrus industry in South Africa, on neo-liberalising processes in South Africa and on unemployment in the Eastern Cape.
Articles and Chapters (since 2007)
Alexander, Tarryn and Kirk Helliker (2016), “A feminist perspective on autonomism and communing, with reference to Zimbabwe”. Journal of Contemporary African Studies. 34(3).
Lucien van der Walt and Kirk Helliker (2016), “Politics at a distance from the state: radical, South African and Zimbabwean praxis today”. Journal of Contemporary African Studies. 34(3).
Bhatasara, Sandra and Kirk Helliker (published on-line) (2016), “The party-state in the land occupations of Zimbabwe: the case of Shamva District”. Journal of Asian and African Studies.
Alexander, Tarryn and Kirk Helliker (2016), “El feminismo autónomo, el comunizar y las ocupaciones de tierra en Zimbawe”. Bajo el Volcán. 16(24)
Chiweshe, Manase, Kirk Helliker and Loveness Chakona (2015), “Patriarchy, Women, Land and Livelihoods on A1 Farms in Zimbabwe”, Journal of Asian and African Studies, 50(6).
Helliker, Kirk and Peter Vale (2014), “South African Marxisms, past and present” in Peter Vale and Estelle Prinsloo (eds.), The New South Africa at Twenty: Critical Perspectives. Scottsville: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press
Helliker, Kirk (2014), “Politics and governance” in Paul Stewart and Johan Zaaiman (eds.), Sociology: A South African Introduction, Cape Town: Juta.
Helliker, Kirk (2014), “Imagining civil society in Zimbabwe and ‘most of the world’” in Ebenezer Obadare (ed.), The Handbook of Civil Society in Africa, New York: Springer.
Helliker, Kirk (2013), ‘Reproducing white commercial agriculture in South Africa” in Fred Hendricks, Lungisile Ntsebeza and Kirk Helliker (eds.). The Promise of Land: Undoing a Century of Dispossession in South Africa. Johannesburg: Jacana.
Hendricks, Fred, Lungisile Ntsebeza and Kirk Helliker (2013), “Land questions in South Africa” in Fred Hendricks, Lungisile Ntsebeza and Kirk Helliker (eds.). The Promise of Land: Undoing a Century of Dispossession in South Africa. Johannesburg: Jacana.
Hendricks, Fred, Lungisile Ntsebeza and Kirk Helliker (2013), “Colonial pasts and democratic futures in South Africa” in Fred Hendricks, Lungisile Ntsebeza and Kirk Helliker (eds.). The Promise of Land: Undoing a Century of Dispossession in South Africa. Johannesburg: Jacana.
Helliker, Kirk (2013), “NGOs and rural movements in contemporary South Africa”, Social Dynamics 39(2).
Helliker, Kirk and Peter Vale (2013), “Marxisms past and present”, Thesis Eleven 115(1).
Helliker, Kirk and Peter Vale (2012), “Radical Thinking in South Africa’s Age of Retreat”, Journal of Asian and African Studies 47(4).
Helliker, Kirk (2012), “Civil Society and State-centred Struggles”, Journal of Contemporary African Studies 30(1).
Murisa, Tendai and Kirk Helliker (2011), “Contemporary Rural Realities” in Kirk Helliker and Tendai Murisa, eds (2011), Land Struggles and Civil Society in Southern Africa, New Jersey: Africa World Press.
Helliker, Kirk (2011), “Land Reform and Marginalised Communities in the Eastern Cape Countryside of Post-Apartheid South Africa” in Kirk Helliker and Tendai Murisa, eds (2011), Land Struggles and Civil Society in Southern Africa, New Jersey: Africa World Press.
Helliker, Kirk (2010), ‘The State of Emancipation: With, Within, Without?”, Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements 2(1).
Helliker, Kirk (2009), “Dancing Around the Same Spot? Land Reform and NGOs in Zimbabwe –The Case of SOS Children’s Villages”, African Sociological Review13(2).
Sadomba, Wilbert and Kirk Helliker (2009) “Transcending Objectifications and Dualisms: Farm Workers and Civil Society in Contemporary Zimbabwe”, Journal of Asian and African Studies 45(2).
Helliker, Kirk (2008), “Dancing on the Same Spot: NGOs” in Sam Moyo, Kirk Helliker and Tendai Murisa (eds), 2008, Contested Terrain: Land Reform and Civil Society in Contemporary Zimbabwe, Pietermaritzburg: SS Publishers.
Helliker, Kirk, Sam Moyo and Tendai Murisa (2008), “Introduction” in Sam Moyo, Kirk Helliker and Tendai Murisa (eds), 2008, Contested Terrain: Land Reform and Civil Society in Contemporary Zimbabwe, Pietermaritzburg: SS Publishers.
Helliker, Kirk (2007), “Marx, Weber and NGOs”, South African Review of Sociology, 38(2).
Books (authored, edited) (since 2007):
Hendricks, Fred, Ntsebeza, Lungisile and Helliker Kirk (eds.). The Promise of Land: Undoing a Century of Dispossession in South Africa. Johannesburg: Jacana.
Helliker, Kirk and Tendai Murisa, eds (2011), Land Struggles and Civil Society in Southern Africa, New Jersey: Africa World Press.
Moyo, Sam. Helliker, Kirk and Murisa Tendai. eds (2008), Contested Terrain: Land Reform and Civil Society, Pietermaritzburg: SS Publishers.
PhD and Masters students – Graduated
PhD Tafara Marazi. (2016)
An investigation into the survival strategies of the rural elderly in Zimbabwe: A case study of the Hobodo ward in Mangwe district
PhD Robert Maseko (2016)
Being a black mine worker in South Africa: The case of Anglo Platinum Mine
PhD Takunda Chirau (2016)
Rural livelihood strategies of female headed households in former Bantustans of post-apartheid South Africa: The case of Cala, Eastern Cape Province
PhD Innocent Mahiya (2016)
A critical analysis of agricultural innovation platforms among small-scale farmers in Hwedza communal area, Zimbabwe
MA Rachel Gondo (2016)
A critical analysis of community participation at the primary level of the health system in Goromonzi District, Zimbabwe
MA Wadzanai Takawira (2016) with distinction
Sex work as a livelihood strategy in the border town of Beitbridge, Zimbabwe
PhD Sandra Bhatasara (2015)
Understanding climate variability and livelihoods adaptation in rural Zimbabwe: a case of Charewa, Mutoko
MA Adriana Mercadal-Barroso (2015)
Black identity and black inferiority amongst Rhodes University black students: a critical Fanonian perspective on black student identities
MA Vimbai Chikukwa (2015)
Child support grant and poverty in Riebeek East, South Africa
MA Nonzuzo Mbokazi (2015) (half-thesis)
Land policy formation process in post-apartheid South Africa
MA Desmond Jaricha (2014)
The impact of decentralisation on land redistribution in the Eastern Cape
MA Allan Mushonga (2014)
Southern African AIDS Trust’s capacity-development model for organisations responding to HIV and AIDS in southern Africa
MA Ana Ndlovu (2014)
Mozambique state autonomy in the context of the international aid system and European Union budget support
MA Matsepo Motsetse (2014)
Child support grant and intra-household relations in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
MA Siya Fobosi (2014)
Informal taxi industry in East London
MA Nomzamo Kheswa (2014) with distinction
Labour process on white commercial farms in South Africa
MA Kayla Knight (2014)
Rural development and NGOs in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe
MA Paidashe Chamuka (2014)
HIV and condom use among circumcised males in Harare, Zimbabwe
PhD Loveness Makonese (2013)
Coping with HIV and AIDS in marginal communities: a case study of Chivanhu settlement in Nemanwa, Masvingo, Zimbabwe
MA Sipho Nkambule (2013)
Sustainable human settlement in housing: the case of Hlalani, South Africa
MA Takunda Chirau (2013)
Livelihood strategies of urban women traders: the case of Magaba, Harare in Zimbabwe
MA Tendai Wapinduka (2013)
Rural livelihoods and adherence to HIV and AIDS antiretroviral therapy in Chivanhu settlement, Nemamwa Village in Masvingo District, Zimbabwe
PhD Manase Chiweshe (2012)
Farm level institutions in emergent communities in post-fast track Zimbabwe: the case of Mazowe District
MA Tarryn Alexander (2012) with distinction
Smashing the crystal ball: post-structural insights associated with contemporary Anarchism and the revision of blueprint utopianism
MA Gayle Kasere (2102)
Cash transfers and poverty reduction in South Africa: a case study of old age pensions
MA Loveness Chakona (2012) with distinction
Fast Track Land Reform Programme and women in Goromonzi District, Zimbabwe
MA Eddah Jowah (2010) with distinction
Rural livelihoods and food security in the aftermath of the fast track land reform in Zimbabwe
Current PhD Students
A sociological understanding of state-led metropolitan governance and rights-based social accountability: the case of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Bowden Mjanje (co-supervisor with Dr Sally Matthews)
The role of NGOs in an indigenized state economy: the case of Chegutu-Mhondoro-Ngezi-Zvimba Community Ownership Trusts, Zimbabwe
Interface between the Faculty Based Youth centres as state institutions and the youth: A Case Study of Zimbabwe National Family Planning Youth Centres
Aid agencies in land reform policymaking: the role of the Swedish International Development Agency in Kenya
Autonomous politics and feminism
NGOs and food security in Zimbabwe
NGOs and participatory development: A case study of Hatcliffe extension, Harare, Zimbabwe
Land and water politics at Mushandike Irrigation Scheme, Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Rural livelihoods and natural resource utilisation in post-fast track Zimbabwe: the case of Sovelele Resettlement area
Construction of livelihood strategies in urban areas: the case of households in Budiriro, Harare, Zimbabwe
Housing, households and social reproduction in urban South Africa – the case of Riebeek East, Eastern Cape
The quest for ‘good governance’ and democracy by political party institutions in Africa: a case of the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe
Identity, Belonging and Poverty in Zimbabwe: A study of the emerging problem statelessness with specific reference to Matabeleland (1980 - 2015)
Conditional cash transfers and empowerment: a case study of Mutare Rural District, Zimbabwe
The impact of climate change on rural agriculture and sustainable development: the case of Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe
Drought and rural livelihoods in Zimbabwe’s semi-arid areas: a case study of Chivi District
An analysis of the Global and Local Regulatory Framework on Agro-Pesticides and their social impacts: the case of Hurungwe, Zimbabwe
A comparative analysis of the Zimbabwe Institute on Southern Africa in the facilitation of dialogue in the SADC region
An analysis of the minimum wage in commercial agriculture in contemporary South Africa
A Critical Analysis of De-Peasantisation Processes in Nepal: The Role of State Land Policies from the 1950s
The emergence and role of regional non-governmental organisations (RNGOs) in southern Africa: A sociological analysis of the framing, practice and value of the concept of being regional' in the response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic
Livelihood strategies and resilience of children in child-headed households in Grahamstown, South Africa
Current MA Students
Analysing social grants and poverty in Queenstown, Eastern Cape
Ncebakazi Makwetu (half thesis)
Urban protests and the ANC in contemporary South Africa
Landscapes, Land and Belonging among white commercial farmers and A1 farmers in fast track in Zimbabwe
The role of farm group associations on A1 small-scale farms: the case of Zviyambe Farm, Hwedza, Zimbabwe
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