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Author Scarnecchia, Timothy.

Title The urban roots of democracy and political violence in Zimbabwe : Harare and Highfield, 1940-1964 / Timothy Scarnecchia.

Published Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, ©2008.


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Physical description 1 online resource (xiii, 220 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Series Rochester studies in African history and the diaspora, 1092-5228
Rochester studies in African history and the diaspora. 1092-5228
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-209) and index.
Contents Charles Mzingeli's leadership and imperial working-class citizenship -- Township protest politics -- Resistance to the Urban Areas Act and women's political influence -- Changing tactics : youth league politics and the end of accommodation -- The early sixties : violent protests and "sellout" politics -- The "imperialist stooge" and new levels of "sellout" political violence -- The ZAPU-ZANU split and the battlegrounds of Harare and Highfield.
Summary "The Urban Roots of Democracy and Political Violence in Zimbabwe details a democratic tradition developed in the 1940s and 1950s, and a movement that would fall victim to an increasingly elitist and divisive political culture by the 1960s. Providing biographical sketches of key personalities within the genealogy of nationalist politics, Timothy Scarnecchia weaves an intricate narrative that traces the trajectories of earlier democratic traditions in Zimbabwe, including women's political movements, township organizations, and trade unions. This work suggests that intense rivalries for control of the nationalist leadership after 1960, the "sellout" politics of that period, and Cold War funding for rival groups contributed to a unique political impasse, ultimately resulting in the largely autocratic and violent political state today. The author further proposes that this recourse to political violence, "top-down" nationalism, and the abandonment of urban democratic traditions are all hallmarks of a particular type of nationalism equally unsustainable in Zimbabwe then as it is now."--Jacket.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Mzingeli, Charles.
Democracy -- Zimbabwe -- History.
Political violence -- Zimbabwe -- History.
Political culture -- Zimbabwe -- History.
Zimbabwe -- Politics and government -- 1890-1965.
Harare (Zimbabwe) -- Politics and government.
Highfield (Zimbabwe) -- Politics and government.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781580467520 (electronic bk.)
1580467520 (electronic bk.)