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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027243

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027243.001.0001

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Conclusions: Transient Workspaces in Times of Crisis

Conclusions: Transient Workspaces in Times of Crisis

(p.221) Conclusions: Transient Workspaces in Times of Crisis
Transient Workspaces

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the concept of mobility that has animated the quest for survival in the most difficult times in Zimbabwe. In 1980 the government of Robert Mugabe's party ZANU (PF) embarked on a robust Socialism-anchored policy of state-subsidized free education, free health, social welfare, and road construction. Ten years later, Mugabe agreed to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank's economic structural adjustment program (ESAP) that removed most of the social responsibilities of the government to the people. One of the most remarkable things that happened in the period during and after ESAP was how people returned to modes of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship—criminalized under colonialism—to eke out survival in an increasingly harsh economic environment. This chapter considers the different transient workspaces that animate creativities and life amid the economic crisis in Zimbabwe and how the de- or re-spiritualized aspects of such creativities persist, sometimes in the original essence, other times in modified form.

Keywords:   mobility, Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, economic structural adjustment program, innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, transient workspace, economic crisis

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