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Beyond dramatic revolutions and grand rebellions: everyday forms of resistance during the 'Zimbabwe crisis'

Willems, Wendy (2010) Beyond dramatic revolutions and grand rebellions: everyday forms of resistance during the 'Zimbabwe crisis'. Comminicare, 29. pp. 1-17. ISSN 0259-0069

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Abstract

In the context of the ‘Zimbabwe crisis’ of the early 2000s, both popular and academic accounts frequently discussed Zimbabweans as passive victims of their government, hereby suggesting that the extensive efforts of the state to create a ‘patriotic’ citizenry through the cultural project of the Third Chimurenga were largely successful. This article argues that the absence of physical protests in the streets should not be equalled to an absence of resistance. By adopting a narrow focus on the forms of resistance associated with dramatic revolutions and grand rebellions, journalists and scholars neglected the everyday forms of resistance through which Zimbabweans sought to challenge the state such as popular humour and rumour. These nascent forms of resistance could have been drawn upon in a more sustained way by the political opposition and civil society in order to provoke political change.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.co.za/ej/ejour_comcare.html
Additional Information: © 2010 The Author
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2013 07:27
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2020 23:30
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/51158

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