From Wilderness Vision to Farm Invasions: Conservation and Development in Zimbabwe's South-east Lowveld (Paperback)William Wolmer (author)
Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 01/04/2007
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Conservation and development programmes in Zimbabwe's south-east 'lowveld' have been rooted in the conceptualisation of this landscape as wilderness. The uses, perceptions and experiences of this landscape by African people have been ignored in policies derived from the 'wilderness vision'. Land reform has failed to take account of the way the landscape is bound up with identity through its embodiment of ancestral spirits and function as a repository of social memories. The turbulent dynamics around farm invasions in Zimbabwe may open space for previously silenced constructions of landscape to influence policy. North America: Tsehai/African Academic; Zimbabwe: Weaver
Publisher: James Currey
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
... an insight and verve sure to be appreciated among scholars, students and policy-makers. JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY ...another outstanding recent publication from James Currey From Wilderness Vision to Farm Invasions, a careful, nuanced study of contested visions over time of landscape and livelihoods in Zimbabwe's south-east lowveld.' - Robin Palmer in Independent Reviews of Land Issues' Both an extremely useful way of interrogating the historical data and an enlightening analysis of the Zimbabwean lowveld. It also suggests a hosts of questions that could engage researchers for years to come. JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN AFRICAN STUDIES
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