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Title:Special issue: the culture of crisis and crisis of culture in Zimbabwe
Editor:Mlambo, AloisISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:African Identities (ISSN 1472-5851)
Volume:8
Issue:2
Pages:89-190
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:political stability
literature
ethnicity
press
Church
theatre
national identity
musicians
Abstract:This special issue of 'African Identities' is about Zimbabwe's ongoing struggle for freedom that is under threat both from within the country and from the outside world. It also records the inspirational way in which ordinary Zimbabweans have moved beyond the cultural crisis. In 'Zimbabwe's creative literatures in the interregnum: 1980-2009' Maurice T. Vambe argues that literary cultures, unlike political institutions such as education, law and the security forces, are less amenable to total destruction even in the face of dictatorial regimes. Thabisanu Ndlovu, in 'Where is my home? Rethinking person, family, ethnicity and home under increased transnational migration by Zimbabweans', is premised on the idea that Zimbabweans have had a fractured concept of home. 'Salience and silence: representation of the Zimbabwean crisis in the local press', by Tendai Chari, examines the focus of the press in Zimbabwe on the land issue, the economic situation and foreign relations between 2000 and 2008. Ezra Chitando and Lovemore Togarasei, in ''June 2008, verse 27': the church and the 2008 Zimbabwean political crisis', examine the role of the various Christian churches in the crisis following the 2008 elections. 'Political theatre, national identity and political control', by Samuel Ravengai, situates Zimbabwean political theatre within the discourse of national identity. The final article, 'Beyond the construction of crises: the voice of an ordinary Zimbabwean' by Abebe Zegeye, provides a case study of a single successful Zimbabwean artist, Albert Chimedza, and the Mbira Centre in Harare, [ASC Leiden abstract]
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