A parallel universe-competing interpretations of Zimbabwe's crisis
This article examines competing interpretations of the nature and cause of Zimbabwes contemporary crisis. It finds that while neoliberal macroeconomic policies promoted by international financial institutions helped to provide a structural basis for the crisis, arguments attributing blame to Britain and to wider Western sanctions are overblown and inaccurate. Similarly, although Western reactions to Zimbabwes land reform have had a racist tinge, these paled in comparison with the explicit racist intent of policies adopted by the Zimbabwean Government. The claim that Zimbabwe is undergoing a process of progressive transformation must be weighed against the nature of state power, the intensification of class divisions, a precipitous economic decline, a problematic development strategy and the extreme abuse of human, civil and political rights.
|Keywords||crisis, human rights, land reform, racism, sanctions, transformation|
|Journal||Journal of Contemporary African Studies|
Freeman, L. (2014). A parallel universe-competing interpretations of Zimbabwe's crisis. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 32(3), 349–366. doi:10.1080/02589001.2014.956497