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Making Ends Meet at the Margins?

Grappling with Economic Crisis and Belonging in Beitbridge Town, Zimbabwe

by Rekopantswe Mate

This study of the town of Beitbridge on the Zimbabwe/South African border shows how neoliberalism, prevaricated by HIV/AIDS, has brought about far-reaching social change in the country, and unprecedented levels of poverty and social precariousness. It argues that these circumstances have led to insecurities in identity and ‘insider-outsider’ sociological configurations, and to identity politics assuming a role in the desperate and unprecedented struggles over access to resources.

This overarching economic and sociological study of to the Zimbabwean situation in the wider context of global capitalism offers refreshing contextual analysis, challenging the more common approaches to the crisis from perspectives of human rights, racial identities and local political conflicts.

ISBN 9782869781528 | 48 pages | 229 x 152 mm | 2005 | CODESRIA, Senegal | Paperback

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"What is examplorary about this work is how a careful ethnographic case study can convincingly lead to such insightful theoretical comment."

Review of African Political Economy

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