From Enslavement to Environmentalism

From Enslavement to Environmentalism takes a challenging ethnographic and historical look at the politics of eco-development in the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border zone. David Hughes argues that European colonisation in Southern Africa – essentially an unsuccessful effort to turn the region into another North America or Australia – has profoundly reshaped rural politics and culture and continues to do so to this day, as neo-liberal developers commoditize the lands of African peasants in the name of conservation and economic progress.

“Smart and original, this book will provoke interest and controversy among both advocates and critics of neo-liberal development policy in Africa. Its strength lies precisely in its bold conceptual framework and polemical style.” – Eric Worby, Yale University.

“Hughes offers a fresh, grounded, and provocative take on question central to political ecology in southern Africa.” – Jocelyn Alexander, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford.

David McDermott Hughes is Assistant Professor of Human Ecology at Rutgers University.

Ch. 1   Compulsory Labour and Unclaimed Land in Gogoi, Mozambique 1862-1992 (p.19)
Ch. 2   From Clientship to Land-Grabbing in Vhimba, Zimbabwe, 1893-1990 (p.45)

Ch. 3   Refugees, Squatters, and the Politics of Land Allocation in
Vhimba (p.78)
Ch. 4   Community Forestry as Land-Grabbing in Vhimba (p.98)
Ch. 5   Expatriate Loggers and Mapmakers in Gogoi (p.122)

Ch. 6   Open Natives Reserves  or None? (p.150)
Ch. 7   In Conclusion, Three Liberal Projects Reassessed (p.186)

From Enslavement to Environmentalism
Politics on a Southern African Frontier
David McDermott Hughes
Weaver Press


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