When a State Turns on its Citizens: 60 Years of Institutionalised Violence in Zimbabwe

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African Books Collective, 2011 - History - 121 pages
Lloyd Sachikonye traces the roots of Zimbabwe's contemporary violence to the actions of the Rhodesian armed forces, and the inter-party conflicts that occurred during the liberation war. His focus, however, is the period since 2000, which has seen state-sponsored violence erupting in election campaigns and throughout the programme of fast-track land reform. The consequences of this violence run wide and deep. Aside from inflicting trauma and fear on its victims, the impunity enjoyed by its perpetrators has helped to mould a culture within which personal freedoms and dreams are strangled. At a broader social level, it is responsible - both directly and indirectly - for millions of Zimbabweans voting with their feet and heading for the diaspora. Such a migration 'cannot simply be explained in terms of the search for greener economic pastures. Escape from authoritarianism, violence, trauma and fear is a large factor behind the exodus.' Sachikonye concludes that any future quest for justice and reconciliation will depend on the country facing up to the truth about the violence and hatred that have infected its past and present.

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This is a great book that has an enlightenment on Political Violence in Zimbabwe. I wish all Political Science Students would read it as it gives a deeper understanding. Thank you Mr Sachikonye.


Chapter 1 Background History and Patterns of Political Violence
Chapter 2 Political Violence and the Scramble for Resources
Chapter 3 Systemic Violence and the 2008 Election
Chapter 4 Violence and Political Culture
Chapter 5 Wider Impact of Political Violence on Society
Appendix 1 A Note on Methodology
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