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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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Chimurenga: The Transient Workspace of Self-Liberation

Chimurenga: The Transient Workspace of Self-Liberation

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Transient Workspaces

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the response of Africans to the criminalization of poaching in the wake of emerging wildlife conservation regimes during the colonial period. More specifically, it considers how Africans subverted the structures through which the European settlers had intended to colonialize them and now used them to engage in a process of self-liberation. The restriction camp at the Gonakudzingwa Detention Center in Zimbabwe became a spiritual site; teachers like Elias Chauke and the students under his custody defied the conformist agenda by leaving the country to go to Mozambique, train, get guns, and cross back into Rhodesia to fight and get rid of the European colonizers whom they accused of being unjust. The colonizers had used Africans to fight against tsetse fly; now the nationalists were using locals to fight against the Rhodesians. This chapter describes the transient workspaces of anticolonial organizing in relation to the metanarrative of nationalism in Zimbabwe.

Keywords:   criminalization, Africans, poaching, wildlife conservation, self-liberation, Rhodesia, European colonizers, transient workspace, nationalism, Zimbabwe

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