Jocelyn Alexander

Jocelyn Alexander is a lecturer in commonwealth studies at the University of Oxford and the author of Violence & Memory: One Hundred Years in the ‘Dark Forest’ of Matabeleland.

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The Unsettled Land · State-making and the Politics of Land in Zimbabwe, 1893–2003
By Jocelyn Alexander

The Unsettled Land engages with the current debates on land and politics in Africa and provides a much-needed historical narrative of the Zimbabwean case. In early 2000, a process of land occupation began in Zimbabwe. It involved the movement of hundreds of thousands of black farmers onto mostly white-owned farms, often under the leadership of veterans of Zimbabwe’s 1970s liberation war. The Zanu (PF) government cast this moment as the end of colonialism.

The Unsettled Land draws attention to the enduring power of institutions, such as chieftaincy, and ideologies, such as modernism and nationalism, that have shaped the politics of land in Zimbabwe.”

Journal of Southern African Studies