From Wilderness Vision to Farm Invasions
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320 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Imprint: James Currey

From Wilderness Vision to Farm Invasions

Conservation and Development in Zimbabwe's South-east Lowveld

by William Wolmer

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African people were written out of the landscape in many parts of colonial Zimbabwe.

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
Landscapes of the imagination
The wilderness vision: colonial perceptions of the lowveld landscape & its inhabitants
Socialised, sacred & contested spaces:African landscapes in the lowveld
II THE PRODUCTIVE LANDSCAPE Lowveld livelihoods: the 'suitability' of dryland cropping in the landscape
'Backwater to breadbasket': irrigated agriculture in the lowveld
Cattle country: livestock management in the ranches & reserves
III THE 'NATURAL' LANDSCAPE Manufacturing wilderness: wildlife conservation in the lowveld
IV THE POLITICS OF LAND(SCAPE) Reclaiming the wilderness? Farm invasions in the lowveld
"... 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



April 2007


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Title Details

320 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Imprint: James Currey