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Title:Zimbabwean farm workers in northern South Africa
Authors:Rutherford, BlairISNI
Addison, LincolnISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Volume:34
Issue:114
Pages:619-635
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:agricultural workers
Zimbabweans
livelihoods
agriculture
political economy
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056240701819491
Abstract:The authors analyse the precarious livelihoods of Zimbabweans working on commercial farms in northern South Africa. Based on research carried out on northern Limpopo farms in 2004 and 2005, they examine how these Zimbabweans seek pathways of survival and, for a few, potential accumulation across space, sectors, and international boundaries. The authors analyse how these Zimbabwean farm workers are situated in an ambivalent legal terrain, the neoliberal restructuring of agriculture and the articulation of paternalistic rule into a far more authoritarian logic of rule on the farms, all of which have made the border zone a 'state of exception' for them which conditions their livelihoods. The article highlights that although these processes intensify labour exploitation, they also recalibrate the survival strategies of Zimbabweans and generate varied forms of resistance. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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