Home Formation and the Use of Violence in Zimbabwe

  • Robert W. ComptonJr.


This chapter examines the notion of home within the historical development of Zimbabwe from colonial times to the present. Using an intersectional analysis perspective, it examines the sense of home based on race, gender, and class during colonialism, the first 20 years after independence and the contemporary 2000-plus era. The perception of home varied widely depending on the political and economic context of the period and the social location of each ethnic group. This chapter argues that state formation is linked to economic and political violence that contribute to the reality of home within the colonial and post-colonial society. Societies that seek to build exclusive notions of home rely on violence and instead end up promoting a sense of home insecurity. Lastly, it notes that people of different backgrounds conceive and perform home differently based on the Zeitgeist and the modus vivendi of political elites at particular times.


ZANUZimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) Rhodesian Front (RF) Operation Murambatsvina independenceIndependence Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army 
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  • Robert W. ComptonJr.
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  1. 1.Departments of Africana and Latino Studies and Political ScienceState University of New York, College at OneontaOneontaUSA

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