Seeking social justice in crisis: Socio-economic rights and citizenship in post-2000 Zimbabwe

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The manifestations of the post-2000 economic crisis in Zimbabwe have long been a research subject for scholars who study issues of social justice in Zimbabwe. This article reviews three recent books written on the topic: Simukai Chigudu’s The political life of an epidemic: cholera, crisis and citizenship in Zimbabwe, Davison Muchadenyika’s Seeking urban transformation: alternative urban futures in Zimbabwe, and Building from the rubble: the labour movement in Zimbabwe since 2000, edited by Lloyd Sachikonye, Brian Raftopoulos and Godfrey Kanyenze. Although these works focus on different issues – a healthcare emergency, an urban housing crisis, and the labour movement’s decline, several themes cut across all of them: the economic and political crises, urban politics, experiences of citizenship, and social injustice. Addressing different socio-economic and political processes that emerged due to the crisis, the authors come to a common and important conclusion that despite the rigid political system and persisting social injustice, substantive and substantial changes in Zimbabwe may be achieved through grassroots social mobilisation and collective action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)656-666
JournalReview of African Political Economy
Issue number170
Early online date18 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Zimbabwe
  • social justice
  • citizenship
  • urban politics
  • labour movement
  • cholera outbreak


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