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Associate Prof Kirk Helliker

 

 

 

Dr H 2013

 

BA (Honours), Rhodes University; MA, Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada); PhD, Rhodes University


E-mail: k.helliker@ru.ac.za


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

 

Profile:

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

Delta Sivalo

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
 

Phillip Magaba

Interface between the Faculty Based Youth centres as state institutions and the youth: A Case Study of Zimbabwe National Family Planning Youth Centres        


Bernard Mrewa
Aid agencies in land reform policymaking: the role of the Swedish International Development Agency in Kenya 
                   

Tarryn Alexander
Autonomous politics and feminism


Loveness Chakona
NGOs and food security in Zimbabwe 

 

Ernest Chimuka

NGOs and participatory development: A case study of Hatcliffe extension, Harare, Zimbabwe


Jonathan Mafukidze
Land and water politics at Mushandike Irrigation Scheme, Masvingo, Zimbabwe  


Takunda Chabata
Rural livelihoods and natural resource utilisation in post-fast track Zimbabwe: the case of Sovelele Resettlement area  


Tafadzwa Chevo
Construction of livelihood strategies in urban areas: the case of households in Budiriro, Harare, Zimbabwe   


Sipho Nkambule
Housing, households and social reproduction in urban South Africa – the case of Riebeek East, Eastern Cape
   
Gift Mwonzora
The quest for ‘good governance’ and democracy by political party institutions in Africa: a case of the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe                                 

 

Liberman Bhebe

Identity, Belonging and Poverty in Zimbabwe: A study of the emerging problem statelessness with specific reference to Matabeleland (1980 - 2015)


Rumbi Chitombi
Conditional cash transfers and empowerment: a case study of Mutare Rural District, Zimbabwe


Patricia Pangeti
The impact of climate change on rural agriculture and sustainable development: the case of Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe


Elinah Nciizah
Drought and rural livelihoods in Zimbabwe’s semi-arid areas: a case study of Chivi District

Sheila Gotoro
An analysis of the Global and Local Regulatory Framework on Agro-Pesticides and their social impacts: the case of Hurungwe, Zimbabwe

Esteri Msindo
A comparative analysis of the Zimbabwe Institute on Southern Africa in the facilitation of dialogue in the SADC region

Lalitha Naidoo
An analysis of the minimum wage in commercial agriculture in contemporary South Africa

Jagat Basnet
A Critical Analysis of De-Peasantisation Processes in Nepal: The Role of State Land Policies from the 1950s

Allan Mushonga
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

Tendai Wapinduka

Livelihood strategies and resilience of children in child-headed households in Grahamstown, South Africa

 

Current MA Students

 

Ziyanda Ntantiso
Analysing social grants and poverty in Queenstown, Eastern Cape

Ncebakazi  Makwetu (half thesis)
Urban protests and the ANC in contemporary South Africa

Felix Tombindo
Landscapes, Land and Belonging among white commercial farmers and A1 farmers in fast track in Zimbabwe

Joseph Mugaiwa
The role of farm group associations on A1 small-scale farms: the case of Zviyambe Farm, Hwedza, Zimbabwe

Nyaradzo Muchawaya

TBA

 

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