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Rethinking and Unthinking Development: Perspectives on Inequality and Poverty in South Africa and Zimbabwe

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Rethinking and Unthinking Development

Perspectives on Inequality and Poverty in South Africa and Zimbabwe

Edited by Busani Mpofu and Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

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288 pages, 11 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-176-5 25% OFF! $120.00/£85.00 $90.00/£63.75 Hb Published (March 2019)

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Development has remained elusive in Africa. Through theoretical contributions and case studies focusing on Southern Africa’s former white settler states, South Africa and Zimbabwe, this volume responds to the current need to rethink (and unthink) development in the region. The authors explore how Africa can adapt Western development models suited to its political, economic, social and cultural circumstances, while rejecting development practices and discourses based on exploitative capitalist and colonial tendencies. Beyond the legacies of colonialism, the volume also explores other factors impacting development, including regional politics, corruption, poor policies on empowerment and indigenization, and socio-economic and cultural barriers.

Busani Mpofu is a senior researcher at AMRI, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, and a Research Associate in the Human Economy program, University of Pretoria. His main research interests are in African economic history, with a focus on Third-world urbanization, urban poverty, inclusive development, development discourse and theory, and Land reform and agrarian histories in Africa.

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni is a Professor and Acting Executive Director of Change Management Unit (CMU), University of South Africa. He is the founder and coordinator of the Africa Decolonial Research Network (ADERN) based in the College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa. He is a decolonial theorist who has published extensively in African history, African politics, and development.

Subject: Development Studies Political Economy Economic History
Area: Africa


List of Abbreviations
List of Tables and Figures

Introduction: Rethinking and Unthinking Development in Africa
Busani Mpofu and Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni


Chapter 1. Rethinking Development in the Age of Global Coloniality
Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Chapter 2. Rethinking and Reclaiming Development in Africa
Vusi Gumede

Chapter 3. Elusive Solutions to Poverty and Inequality: From ‘Trickle Down’ to ‘Solidarity Economy’
Tidings P. Ndhlovu


Chapter 4. Urban Poverty in Zimbabwe: Historical and Contemporary Issues
Rudo Barbra Gaidzanwa

Chapter 5. Theory of Poverty or Poverty of Theory?: A Decolonial Intervention on Urban Poverty in South Africa
Raymond Nyapokoto and Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni


Chapter 6. The ‘Native Returns’: Assessing and Re-imagining Indigenisation and Black Economic Empowerment as Development Projects in the ‘Post-colony’
Tamuka Charles Chirimambowa and Tinashe Lukas Chimedza

Chapter 7. Ethno-Politics and Regionalism in Post-colonial Zimbabwe: The Matabeleland Development Question and the Imperative for Development Redress after the Crisis
Vusilizwe Thebe

Chapter 8. The Politics of Land Ownership in South Africa: Self-Perceptions and Identities of Backyard Dwellers within the Coloured Community
Wendy Isaacs-Martin


Chapter 9. Understanding the Conceptualisation of African Families: A Social Policy Development Poser in South Africa
Busani Mpofu

Chapter 10. Socio-economic and Cultural Barriers to Marital Unions and HIV Incidence Correlates: A Public Policy Poser for South Africa?
Busani Ngcaweni

Chapter 11. Old Persons Cash Grant Pay-out Days: How Beneficiaries Become Victims of Abuse in South Africa
Gloria Sauti

Afterword: End of Development and Rise of Decoloniality as the Future
Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni and Busani Mpofu


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