What really went wrong in Zimbabwe? The promise of liberation, human rights, democracy, development and prosperity have been shattered by greed, state sponsored violence and tyranny. Yet the discourse on Zimbabwe has been polarized along racial and political lines. There is need for a critical analysis of Zimbabwe beyond these polarizations. Horace Campbell looks at Zimbabwe's problems today, including the recent state and ruling party violence against citizens as manifestations of, and deriving directly from the masochist, militaristic and gender-biased conception of liberation which is deeply imbedded in the post-independent state. In his exploration and analysis of Zimbabwe's experiences, from the transition to independence, to the crisis ravaging the country today, Campbell places issues like Zimbabwe's involvement in the Congo; executive lawlessness; the land crisis; homophobia and the politics of intolerance into perspective.
Topics like Soldiers in Business, The Siege of Ikeka and The Limits of Military Intervention provide fresh information on some of the motives behind the military intervention in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the futility of the presence of the Zimbabwean army in the Congo. Campbell also argues that the politics of emanicipation, militarism and patriarchy are exhausted models of liberation and suggests new models of liberation for economic prosperity, human rights, political tolerance, non-discrimination, peace and stability. While this book is a serious and critical analysis of the Zimbabwean situation it is also a very informative and general read.
Horace Campbell is Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University in New York and a member of the International Relations Faculty in the Maxwell School. He is the author of the widely acclaimed Rasta and Resistance: From Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney.