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Diaspora, Cultural Disintegration and Underdevelopment: The Case of Zimbabwe, 2001–2011

  • Francis Matambirofa
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Abstract

This chapter explores the challenges associated with diaspora, culture and development with specific reference to Zimbabwe during the period 2001–2011. Its main argument, contrary to the generally held belief, is that for Zimbabwe, the political violence induced emigration of over 3 million citizens in recent years to different corners of the globe has resulted in a cultural schizophrenia and hybridity that in varying degrees manifests itself in the individual, the family and the nation at large. The chapter critically examines causes of emigration and the economic and cultural consequences that have been brought to bear upon Zimbabweans, both abroad and at home. The central concepts of the chapter are anchored about the phenomena of brain drain, remittances, marriage as well as children and the youths. Zimbabwe diaspora is relatively new and is still facing critical teething and adjustment challenges whose net result for Zimbabwe is far from enthusing.

Keywords

Brain Drain Political Violence Skilled Manpower Abject Poverty Economic Meltdown 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of African Languages and LiteratureUniversity of ZimbabweHarareZimbabwe

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