Paper $44.95 ISBN: 9781842770016 Published September 2001 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $90.95 ISBN: 9781842770009 Published September 2001 For sale in North and South America only

Working on the Margins

Black Workers, White Farmers in Postcolonial Zimbabwe

Blair Rutherford

Working on the Margins

Blair Rutherford

Distributed for Zed Books

288 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2001  
Paper $44.95 ISBN: 9781842770016 Published September 2001 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $90.95 ISBN: 9781842770009 Published September 2001 For sale in North and South America only
This is the first ethnographic analysis, from the colonial past to the postcolonial present, of those who live and work on predominantly white-owned commercial farms in Zimbabwe - almost a fifth of the national population. The land question, rural development and labour exploitation are re-thought through a nuanced cultural analysis of the lives of farm workers, their families and their white bosses. Building on Foucault's concept of 'government', the book addresses the arrangements of power, points of struggle and strategies of accumulation on commercial farms and nearby communal lands. The author suggestively analyses the historical and current dimensions of marginalization of farm workers through state administrative practices of development and farm-based forms of authority, farmer paternalism and newly invented patriarchy, and locates strategies for amending traditions of domestic government within existing social practices and social identities.
Contents
1. Re-presenting Commerical Farm Workers in Zimbabwe
2. Development and the Space of (European) Commercial Farms 1940s - 1990s
3. White Farmers in Rural Hurungwe
4. Working on the Margins
5. The Margins of the Margins: Women's Work
6. The Farm Compound: Work's Domestic Space
7. Becoming a 'Peasant'
8. The Limits of Official Edification
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