The Unbearable Whiteness of Being: Farmers' Voices from Zimbabwe

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African Books Collective, 2012 - History - 266 pages
The history of colonial land alienation, the grievances fuelling the liberation war, and post-independence land reforms have all been grist to the mill of recent scholarship on Zimbabwe. Yet for all that the country's white farmers have received considerable attention from academics and journalists, the fact that they have always played a dynamic role in cataloguing and representing their own affairs has gone unremarked. It is this crucial dimension that Rory Pilossof explores in The Unbearable Whiteness of Being. His examination of farmers' voices - in The Farmer magazine, in memoirs, and in recent interviews - reveals continuities as well as breaks in their relationships with land, belonging and race. His focus on the Liberation War, Operation Gukurahundi and the post-2000 land invasions frames a nuanced understanding of how white farmers engaged with the land and its peoples, and the political changes of the past 40 years. The Unbearable Whiteness of Being helps to explain why many of the events in the countryside unfolded in the ways they did.
 

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Contents

Introduction Why the Voices of White Farmers?
1
1 White Farmers their Representatives in Zimbabwe 18902000
11
2 No Country for White Men White Farmers the FastTrack Land Reforms and Jambanja 20002004
43
3 Discourses of Apoliticism in The Farmer
67
4 Discursive Thresholds Episodes of Crisis The Liberation War Gukurahundi the Land Occupations
117
5 The Consolidation of Voice White Farmers Autobiographies the Narration of Experience after 2000
149
6 Orphans of Empire Oral Expressions of Displacement Trauma
187
Appendix 1 CFU structure list of past presidents
214
Appendix 4 The number of largescale commercial farms the total area occupied in hectares 19701999
219
Appendix 5 White farmers killed between 196479 198187 and 200004
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Appendix 6 Date of purchase on the title deeds of farming properties listed in the 1997 acquisition list
228
Appendix 7 Biographical data on white farmers interviewed
229
Bibliography
237
Index
257
Epigraph
266
Back cover
269

Appendix 2 Land use on largescale commercial farms area under cultivation in hectares 19701999
217
Appendix 3 Summary of major crop1 sales in Z millions 19701999
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