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Title:Zimbabwe's land reform new political dynamics in the countryside
Author:Scoones, IanISNI
Year:2015
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 0305-6244)
Volume:42
Issue:144
Pages:190-205
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:land reform
social stratification
power
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/03056244.2014.968118
Abstract:The reconfiguration of land and economic opportunity following Zimbabwe's land reform from 2000 has resulted in a new politics of the countryside. This emerges from the processes of accumulation and differentiation set in train by the land reform. Yet these politics are contested: between the interests of new 'middle farmers' who are 'accumulating from below' and politically connected elites and large-scale capital who see different opportunities for land-based accumulation. These dynamics are being played out in different ways in different parts of the country, depending on the agroecological potential of the area, the way the land reform unfolded and local political actors and processes. Based on research over the past 14 years, this paper examines two areas in Masvingo province and develops a contrasting analysis of emerging political dynamics. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications for the longer-term politics of agrarian change in Zimbabwe. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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