Suffering for Territory- Race, Place and Power in Zimbabwe by Donald S. Moore
Since 2000, farms in Zimbabwe have been forcibly occupied, reigniting questions of racialised dispossession, land rights and liberation. Moore probes these contentious politics by analyzing disputes over territory, sovereignty and subjection. He focuses on poor farmers in the Kaerezi who endure colonial evictions and lived as refugees in Mozambique during the liberation war. After Independence, they returned home to a changed landscape. Post-colonial bureaucrats had converted their land from a white ranch into a state resettlement scheme. Those who defied this new spatial order were again threatened with eviction.
Combining fine-tuned ethnography with innovative theoretical insights, Moore illuminates the complex interconnections between local practices of power and the wider forces of colonial rule, nationalist politics and global discourses of development.