In the Shadow of Conflict by Bill Derman & Randi Kaarhus

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The political and economic crises in Zimbabwe have received a great deal of scholarly attention. The internal consequences and the resultant departures to the diaspora are both well documented. In the Shadow of a Conflict offers an important addition to this literature, focusing on the regional impact of these crises, and the responses from neighbouring countries. In particular, the authors consider the rural dimensions of diasporan life, and the cross-border experiences of those Zimbabweans who left their homes. As Bill Derman and Randi Kaarhus write in their Introduction: We present the stories of those Zimbabweans who have sought work, shelter and exile from their homes, how they have fared, and in some cases under what conditions they would return to Zimbabwe and home. In addition, we analyze the differences in policies and strategies followed by the governments of Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia as they have faced the ongoing political, economic and humanitarian crises in Zimbabwe as well as those within their own borders. We also explore how Zimbabwean migrants’ needs and interests have been articulated with local politics and pressures on land and related natural resources, and how these have intersected with changing agrarian dynamics in their host countries and communities. About the Editors: Bill Derman is Professor Emeritus, Department for International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Randi Kaarhus is Head of Research, Department for International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences. ISBN: 978-1-77922-217-6