Crisis! What Crisis! The Multiple Dimensions of the Zimbabwean Crisis argues that the Zimbabwean crisis is in fact a series of crises. From infrastructural problems and disease to a depreciating currency and an increasing muscular militarism, the citizens of Zimbabwe have faced an ongoing struggle to survive. The book explores the resilience of a people as they navigate the multiple challenges they face in the country of their birth. In an inter-disciplinary approach, the authors of Crisis! What Crisis! engage with issues as diverse as resource politics and livelihoods, migration and disembedment, language, and humour to demonstrate the ingenious ways in which citizens mediate the crisis. Topically, the book explores how social media offers a subversive space that flies in the face of increasing restrictions placed on conventional media within Zimbabwe and the governments aggressive efforts to suppress freedom of speech and spread their nationalist agenda. The book concludes with a sobering reflection on the past and what the future might hold.
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INTRODUCTION: Perspectives of the Zimbabwean crises Sarah Chiumbu and Muchaparara Musemwa
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RESOURCE POLITICS AND LIVELIHOODS
Chapter 1: Perpetuating colonial legacies: The postcolonial state, water crises and the outbreak of disease in Harare, Zimbabwe, 19802009
Chapter 2: Remittances and household livelihood strategies in Glen Norah, Harare
Chapter 3: Negotiating the crisis: Mobile phones and the informal economy in Zimbabwe
Sarah Chiumbu and Richard Nyamanhindi
MIGRATION AND DISEMBEDMENT
Chapter 4: Zimbabwe's global citizens in 'Harare north': Livelihood strategies of Zimbabweans in the United Kingdom
Chapter 5: Escaping home: The case of ethnicity and formal education in the migration of Zimbabweans during the Zimbabwean 'crisis'
Chapter 6: Negotiating the ZimbabweMozambique border: The pursuit of survival by Mutares poor, 20002008
MEDIATING THE CRISIS
Chapter 7: Linguistic negotiation of the Zimbabwean crises