Professor Kirk Helliker

Helliker

From January 2018, Professor Helliker has taken up a position as a Research Professor in the Department. Professor Helliker is also Director of the Unit of Zimbabwean Studies at Rhodes University (see the Unit website under ‘Research’ on the department’s website).

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

E-mail: k.helliker@ru.ac.za
Teaching: Masters coursework


Research Interests: agrarian and land reform, urban and rural livelihoods, civil society and social movements, politics of emancipation

Profile

I am currently involved in research on the land occupations in Zimbabwe from the year 2000 onwards, as well as co-writing a book manuscript involving a comparative analysis of the first, second and third Chimurengas.

Research Output at Rhodes University

  • 19th Top Researcher at Rhodes University 2011 (number 5 in the Faculty of Humanities)
  • 9th Top Researcher at Rhodes University  2012 (number 2 in the Faculty of Humanities)
  • 8th Top Researcher at Rhodes University 2013 (number 1 in the Faculty of Humanities)
  • 22nd Top Researcher at Rhodes University 2014 (number 5 in the Faculty of Humanities)
  • 3rd Top Researcher at Rhodes University 2015 (number 2 in the Faculty of Humanities)
  • 4th Top Researcher at Rhodes University 2016 (number 2 in the Faculty of Humanities)
  • 19th Top Researcher at Rhodes University 2017 (number 3 in the Faculty of Humanities)
  • 4th Top Researcher at Rhodes University 2018 (number 1 in the Faculty of Humanities)
  • 4th Top Researcher at Rhodes University 2019 (number 2 in the Faculty of Humanities)

Published Articles and Chapters

  • Helliker, Kirk, Bhatasara, Sandra and Manase Kudzai Chiweshe (accepted), “Land lobbying and mobilisation: civil and uncivil society in the 1990s in Zimbabwe”. In: Max Gromping and Jessica C. Teets (Eds.). Lobbying the Autocrat: The Dynamics of Policy Advocacy in Non-Democracies. Michigan: University of Michigan Press.
  • Mazwi Freedom, George Mudimu and Kirk Helliker (accepted), “Capital penetration, pauperisation and insubordination of the peasantry under agrarian capital in Africa”. In: Freedom Mazwi, George Mudimu and Kirk Helliker (eds). Capital Penetration and the Peasantry in Africa: Neoliberal Restructuring. New York: Springer.
  • Van der Walt, Lucien, Gilton Klerck and Kirk Helliker (accepted), “State capitalism in Sub-Saharan Africa: Colonial rule, capitalist development and class Formation”. In Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Anna Grossman, Illya Okhamatovskiy, Pei Sun, Geoffrey Wood and Mike Wright (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of State Capitalism, Oxford University Press.
  • Mwonzora, Gift and Kirk Helliker (accepted). “Truce and reconciliation in Zimbabwe: From Mugabe to Mnangagwa”, Critical African Studies.
  • Helliker, Kirk, and Gerald Mazarire (2021), “Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe: Crisis? What Crisis?”. In: Helliker, Kirk and Gerald Mazarire (Eds.) Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe. Special Edition of Asian and African Studies, 56(2).
  • Helliker, Kirk, Chiweshe, Manase Kudzai, Bhatasara, Sandra and Gift Mwonzora (2021), “Everyday crisis-living in contemporary Zimbabwe”. In: Helliker, Kirk, Bhatasara, Sandra and Manase Kudzai Chiweshe (Eds.). Everyday Crisis-Living in Contemporary Zimbabwe. London: Routledge.
  • Mwonzora, Gift and Kirk Helliker (2020), “Learning and performing political violence: ZANU-PF youth and the 2008 presidential run-off election in Zimbabwe”, African Studies (published online on 20 September 2020).
  • Helliker, Kirk and Tendai Murisa (2020). “Zimbabwe; continuities and changes”. In: Helliker, Kirk and Tendai Murisa (Eds.). Crocodiles in Still Waters: The Legacies of Mugabe’s Rule in Zimbabwe. Special Edition of Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 38(1).
  • Helliker, Kirk and Sandra Bhatasara (2018). “Writing the chimurengas: locating the contribution of Terence Ranger in the making of Zimbabwean history”. In: Chigora, Percysledge, Mahomva, Richard and Majahana Lunga (Eds.). Reinventions and Contestations of Thought-Power. Bulawayo: Lan Readers.
  • Helliker, Kirk and Sandra Bhatasara (2018). “Inside the land occupations in Bindura District, Zimbabwe”. African Studies Quarterly 18(1).
  • Helliker, Kirk and Lucien van der Walt (2018). “Politics at a distance from the state: radical, South African and Zimbabwean praxis today”. In: Helliker, Kirk and Lucien van der Walt (Eds.). Politics at a Distance from the State: Radical and African Perspectives. Routledge: London.
  • Alexander, Tarryn and Kirk Helliker (2018). “A feminist perspective on autonomism and commoning, with reference to Zimbabwe”. In: Helliker, Kirk and Lucien van der Walt (Eds.). Politics at a Distance from the State: Radical and African Perspectives. London: Routledge.
  • Bhatasara, Sandra, Chiweshe, Manase Kudzai and Kirk Helliker (2018). “Introduction: theorising the political economy of livelihoods in contemporary Zimbabwe”. In: Helliker, Kirk, Chiweshe, Manase Kudzai and Sandra Bhatasara (Eds.). The Political Economy of Livelihoods in Contemporary Zimbabwe. London: Routledge.
  • Takawira, Wadzanai and Kirk Helliker (2018). “Sex work as a livelihood strategy in the border town of Beitbridge”. In: Helliker, Kirk, Chiweshe, Manase Kudzai and Sandra Bhatasara (Eds.). The Political Economy of Livelihoods in Contemporary Zimbabwe. London: Routledge.
  • Bhatasara, Sandra and Kirk Helliker (2018). “The party-state in the land occupations of Zimbabwe: the case of Shamva District”. Journal of Asian and African Studies 53(1).
  • Helliker, Kirk (2017). “‘We give off a lot of heat but not a lot of light’: NGOs and land advocacy in Zimbabwe from 1995 to 2005”. In: Sally Matthews (Ed.). NGOs and Social Justice in South Africa and beyond. Durban: UKZN Press.
  • Naidoo, Lalitha, Klerck, Gilton and Kirk Helliker (2017). “Resisting accumulation by dispossession: organisation and mobilisation by the rural poor in contemporary South Africa”. In: Dip Kapoor (Ed.), Against Colonisation and Rural Dispossession. London: Zed Press.
  • Alexander, Tarryn and Kirk Helliker (2016). “El feminismo autónomo, el comunizar y las ocupaciones de tierra en Zimbawe”, Bajo el Volcán. 16(24).
  • Alexander, Tarryn and Kirk Helliker (2016). “A feminist perspective on autonomism and commoning, with reference to Zimbabwe”. In: Helliker, Kirk and van der Walt, Lucien (Eds.). Politics at a Distance from the State. Special Edition of the 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” In: Helliker, Kirk and van der Walt, Lucien (Eds.). Politics at a Distance from the State. Special Edition of the Journal of Contemporary African Studies 34(3).
  • Chiweshe, Manase Kudzai, Helliker, Kirk and Loveness Chakona (2015). “Patriarchy, women, land and livelihoods on A1 farms in Zimbabwe”, Journal of Asian and African Studies 50(6).
  • Helliker, Kirk (2014). “Politics and governance”. In: Stewart, Paul and Johan Zaaiman (Eds.), Sociology: A South African Introduction, Cape Town: Juta.
  • Helliker, Kirk and Peter Vale (2014). “South African Marxisms, past and present”. In: Vale, Peter and Estelle Prinsloo (Eds.), The New South Africa at Twenty: Critical Perspectives. Scottsville: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.
  • 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, Hendricks, Fred and Lungisile Ntsebeza (2013). “Conference on ‘Land, Race and Nation in South Africa’, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 19-22 June 2013”, Agrarian South 2(3).
  • Helliker, Kirk (2013). ‘Reproducing white commercial agriculture in South Africa”. In: Hendricks, Fred, Ntsebeza, Lungisile and Kirk Helliker (Eds.). The Promise of Land: Undoing a Century of Dispossession in South Africa. Johannesburg: Jacana.
  • Hendricks, Fred, Ntsebeza, Lungisile and Kirk Helliker (2013). “Land questions in South Africa”. In: Hendricks, Fred, Ntsebeza, Lungisile and Kirk Helliker (Eds.). The Promise of Land: Undoing a Century of Dispossession in South Africa. Johannesburg: Jacana.
  • Hendricks, Fred, Ntsebeza, Lungisile and Kirk Helliker (2013). “Colonial pasts and democratic futures in South Africa”. In: Hendricks, Fred, Ntsebeza, Lungisile 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 (2013). “Civil society and state-centred struggles”. In: Moore, David, Kriger, Norma and Brian Raftopoulos (Eds.). ‘Progress’ in Zimbabwe?  London: Routledge.
  • Helliker, Kirk and Vale, Peter (2013). “Marxisms past and present”, Thesis Eleven 115(1).
  • Helliker, Kirk and Vale, Peter (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 Helliker, Kirk (2011). “Contemporary rural realities”. In: Helliker, Kirk and Tendai Murisa (Eds.), 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 Murisa, Tendai (Eds.). 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 Review 13(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: Moyo, Sam, Helliker, Kirk and Tendai Murisa (Eds.). Contested Terrain: Land Reform and Civil Society in Contemporary Zimbabwe, Pietermaritzburg: SS Publishers.
  • Helliker, Kirk, Moyo, Sam and Tendai Murisa (2008). “Introduction” in Sam Moyo, Helliker, Kirk and Tendai Murisa (Eds.). 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).
  • Helliker, Kirk (2006). “Reclaiming the land” (review article), African Sociological Review 9(2).
  • Helliker, Kirk (2005). “A lot of critical thinking and a few great women”, African Sociological Review 8(1).
  • Helliker, Kirk (1987), “South African Marxist state theory: a critical overview”, Politikon 15(1).
  • Helliker Kirk, Roux, Andre and Roland White (1987), “‘Asithengi!’: Recent consumer boycotts”. In: Southern African Research Service (Ed.), South African Review 4. Johannesburg: Ravan Press.
  • Roux, Andre and Kirk Helliker (1986), “Voices from Rini: a survey of black attitudes towards a consumer boycott in Grahamstown”. Institute of Social and Economic Research Development Studies Working Paper No 23. Rhodes University. Grahamstown.
  • Bekker, Simon, Helliker, Kirk and Eileen Lambie (1981), “Quality of life in Grahamstown, East London and Mdantsane: preliminary results”, South African Journal of Sociology 12(1). 

Published Books/Journals (author/editor)

  • Mazwi, Freedom, George Mudimu and Kirk Helliker (eds) (accepted). Capital Penetration and the Peasantry in Africa: Neoliberal Restructuring. New York: Springer.
  • Helliker, Kirk, Bhatasara, Sandra and Manase Kudzai Chiweshe (Eds.). (2021) Everyday Crisis-Living in Contemporary Zimbabwe. London: Routledge.
  • Helliker, Kirk, Bhatasara and Manase Kudzai Chiweshe (2021). Fast Track Land Occupations in Zimbabwe: In the Context of the Zvimurenga. New York: Springer.
  • Helliker, Kirk and Gerald Mazarire (Eds.) Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe. Special Edition of Asian and African Studies, 56(2).
  • Helliker, Kirk and Murisa, Tendai (Eds.) 2020. Crocodiles in Still Waters: The Legacies of Mugabe’s Rule in Zimbabwe. Special Edition of Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 38(1).
  • Helliker, Kirk and van der Walt, Lucien (Eds.). (2018). Politics at a Distance from the State: Radical and African Perspectives. London: Routledge
  • Helliker, Kirk, Chiweshe, Manase Kudzai and Sandra Bhatasara (Eds.). (2018). The Political Economy of Livelihoods in Contemporary Zimbabwe. London: Routledge.
  • Helliker, Kirk and van der Walt, Lucien (Eds.) (2016). Politics at a Distance from the State. Special Edition of the Journal of Contemporary African Studies 34(3).
  • Fred Hendricks, Ntsebeza, Lungisile and Kirk Helliker (Eds.). (2013). The Promise of Land: Undoing a Century of Dispossession in South Africa, Johannesburg: Jacana.
  • Helliker, Kirk and Murisa, Tendai (Eds.) (2011). Land Struggles and Civil Society in Southern Africa, New Jersey: Africa World Press.
  • Moyo, Sam, Helliker, Kirk and Tendai Murisa (Eds.) (2008). Contested Terrain: Land Reform and Civil Society in Contemporary Zimbabwe, Pietermaritzburg: SS Publishers.
  • Surplus Peoples Project Eastern Cape (1983), Forced Removals in South Africa:  the Eastern Cape Vol 2. Cape Town: Surplus People Project.

Graduated PhD and Masters Students

(N.B. Masters – All are full theses unless indicated otherwise; Masters and PhD – I was sole supervisor unless indicated otherwise)

PhDs

  • Patience Chadambuka (2021), Former farm workers of foreign descent in communal areas in post-fast track Zimbabwe: The case of Shamva District
  • Lalitha Naidoo (2021), Minimum wage in the agricultural sector of the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
  • Bowden Mbanje (2020) (co-supervision), A comparative analysis of the use of participatory practices by Indigenous Trusts and mainstream development NGOs in Zvimba communal area, Zimbabwe
  • Rumbidzai Chitombi (2020), A gendered analysis of conditional cash based transfers: a case study of Puntland Technical Vocational Skills Training Programme, Somalia
  • Loveness Chimuka (2020), A Critical Analysis of Christian Care in Countering Food Insecurity in the Communal Areas of Zimbabwe: The Case of Gutu, Masvingo
  • Jagat Basnet (2020) (co-supervision), A critical analysis of the de-peasantisation process in Nepal with specific reference to the role of the state land policies since the 1950s
  • Shamiso Madzivire (2020), A sociological understanding of contemporary child marriage in Mabvuku, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Elinah Nciizah (2020), Understanding climate change and rural livelihoods in Zimbabwe: adaptation by communal farmers in Ngundu, Chivi District
  • Allan Mushonga (2020), ‘Being regional’: an analysis of the conceptualisation, operations and embeddedness of regional non-governmental organisations responding to HIV and AIDS in southern Africa
  • Delta Sivalo (2019), A Sociological understanding of urban governance and social accountability:  the case of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe 
  • Jonathan Mafukidze (2019), Perspectives on land and water politics at Mushandike Irrigation Scheme, Masvingo, Zimbabwe
  • Tafadzwa Chevo (2018), Construction of livelihood strategies in urban areas: the case of households in Budiriro, Harare, Zimbabwe   
  • Bernard Mrewa (2017), Aid agencies in land reform policymaking in Kenya
  • Sipho Nkambule (2017), Housing, households and social reproduction in urban South Africa – the case of eZamokuhle, Mpumalanga 
  • Gift Mwonzora (2017), The quest for ‘good governance’ and democracy by political party institutions in Africa: a case of the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe  
  • 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 
  • Robert Maseko (2016), Being a black mine worker in South Africa: The case of Anglo Platinum Mine    
  • 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
  • Innocent Mahiya (2016), A critical analysis of agricultural innovation platforms among small-scale farmers in Hwedza communal area, Zimbabwe
  • PhD Sandra Bhatasara (2015), Understanding climate variability and livelihoods adaptation in rural Zimbabwe: a case of Charewa, Mutoko
  •  Loveness Makonese (2013), Coping with HIV and AIDS in marginal communities: a case study of Chivanhu settlement in Nemanwa, Masvingo, Zimbabwe
  • PhD Manase Chiweshe (2012), Farm level institutions in emergent communities in post-fast track Zimbabwe: the case of Mazowe District

MA

  • Kennedy Simango (half thesis) (2021), Climate Change and Small-Scale Farmer Livelihood Adaptation in Rural Border Communities in Southern Africa: A Case Study of Ezondweni Village in Mchinji, Malawi
  • Moreblessing Mavhika (half thesis) (2020), A critical analysis of NGOs in addressing HIV and AIDS in the context of gendered inequality: The case of Makhanda, Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Andile Daki (half thesis) (2019), Understanding the experiences of Zimbabwean students as foreign students at South African Universities: The case of Rhodes University
  • A critical analysis of NGOs in addressing HIV and AIDS in the context of gendered inequality: The case of Makhanda, Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Tariro Henrietta Musiyandaka (half thesis) (2020) with distinction, Understanding the livelihoods of Zimbabwean informal traders in South Africa: The case of Makhanda 
  •  Kudakwashe Chingono (half thesis) (2019) with distinction, A critical analysis of A2 Fast Track Lowveld sugar cane farms in Zimbabwe in global value chains:  interrogating the lives of farmers and farm labourers
  • Tafadzwa Sachikonye (half thesis) (2019) (co-supervision), A social capital analysis of citizen participation and service delivery in metropolitan government in Zimbabwe:  the case of Glenview, Harare since 2013
  • Agnes Sanyangore (half thesis) (2019), A critical analysis of development NGO programmes in rural areas:  A case study of East Cape Agricultural Research Project in South Africa
  • Jonis Ghedi Alasow (2019) (co-supervision), Popular politics in the rural Western Cape, South Africa:  a case study of Ruitersbos
  • Ncebakazi Makwetu (half thesis) (2018), Urban protests and the ANC in contemporary South Africa
  • Patience Sibanda (half thesis) with distinction (2018), A gender based analysis of the Amalima Programme in empowering married women within households in rural Gwanda, Zimbabwe
  • Felix Tombindo (2017), Landscapes, Land and Belonging among Tonga People in the Zambesi Valley, Zimbabwe
  • Annette Manzira (half thesis) (2018), The Power of Mysticism: Understanding Political Support for President Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe
  • Rachel Gondo (2016),  A critical analysis of community participation at the primary level of the health system in Goromonzi District, Zimbabwe 
  • Ziyanda Ntantiso (2017), Analysing social grants and poverty in Queenstown, Eastern Cape
  • Wadzanai Takawira (2016) with distinction, Sex work as a livelihood strategy in the border town of Beitbridge, Zimbabwe
  • Adriana Mercadal-Barroso (2015), Black identity and black inferiority amongst Rhodes University black students: a critical Fanonian perspective on black student identities
  • Vimbai Chikukwa (2015), Child support grant and poverty in Riebeek East, South Africa
  • Nonzuzo Mbokazi (2015) (half-thesis), Land policy formation process in post-apartheid South Africa
  • Desmond Jaricha (2014), The impact of decentralisation on land redistribution in the Eastern Cape 
  • Allan Mushonga (2014), Southern African AIDS Trust’s capacity-development model for organisations responding to HIV and AIDS in southern Africa
  • Ana Ndlovu (2014), Mozambique state autonomy in the context of the international aid system and European Union budget support
  • Matsepo Motsetse (2014), Child support grant and intra-household relations in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
  • Siya Fobosi (2014), Informal taxi industry in East London
  • Nomzamo Kheswa (2014) with distinction, Labour process on white commercial farms in South Africa
  • Kayla Knight (2014), Rural development and NGOs in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe 
  • Paidashe Chamuka (2014), HIV and condom use among circumcised males in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Sipho Nkambule (2013), Sustainable human settlement in housing: the case of Hlalani, South Africa
  • Takunda Chirau (2013), Livelihood strategies of urban women traders: the case of Magaba, Harare in Zimbabwe
  • Tendai Wapinduka (2013), Rural livelihoods and adherence to HIV and AIDS antiretroviral therapy in Chivanhu settlement, Nemamwa Village in Masvingo District, Zimbabwe
  • Tarryn Alexander (2012) with distinction, Smashing the crystal ball: post-structural insights associated with contemporary Anarchism and the revision of blueprint utopianism
  • Gayle Kasere (2102), Cash transfers and poverty reduction in South Africa: a case study of old age pensions
  • Loveness Chakona (2012) with distinction, Fast Track Land Reform Programme and women in Goromonzi District, Zimbabwe
  • Eddah Jowah (2010) with distinction, Rural livelihoods and food security in the aftermath of the fast track land reform in Zimbabwe

 

 

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