This book examines the everyday lives of ordinary Zimbabweans in the context of national crises in post-2000 Zimbabwe.

Throughout the literature of Zimbabwean studies, a consideration of everyday lives has been limited to informal trading and rarely applied as an analytical framework, despite the importance of understanding crisis-living with reference to the specific character of national crises across the African continent. This edited volume is one of the first in its field to theorise everyday Zimbabwean lives within the context of crisis, with three central themes addressed: urban and rural lives; men, women and HIV; and along and beyond the border. Chapters incorporate topics from child marriage and sexual practices, to climate change and social accountability, encompassing a shift in focus from macro-structures to how farm labourers, students, child-brides and other ordinary people negotiate gender, class and social dynamics within a dominant order. The introductory chapter offers an innovative analytical framing for the empirical chapters which follow, each providing micro-studies based on original qualitative fieldwork by early-career Zimbabwean scholars.

Everyday Crisis-Living in Contemporary Zimbabwe will appeal to students and scholars of sociology, anthropology and African Studies more broadly.

part I|54 pages

Urban and rural lives

chapter 2|13 pages

Accountability of Bulawayo’s urban council

Service delivery and civic activism challenges

chapter 3|14 pages

Mistrust and despondency

Fractured relations between residents and council in Glenview, Harare

chapter 5|12 pages

A2 fast-track Lowveld sugar cane farms

Lives of farmers and farm labourers

part II|66 pages

Men, women and HIV

chapter 6|12 pages

Caught between a rock and a hard place

Girl-child marriage as a safety net in Mabvuku, Harare

chapter 8|13 pages

Sex, HIV and medically circumcised males

A study in Harare

part III|53 pages

Along and beyond the border

chapter 11|12 pages

Lived experiences of cross-border traders

The case of Kariba

chapter 12|13 pages

Trust and the Zimbabwean diaspora

A case study of the West Midlands County, England

chapter 13|13 pages

Zimbabweans at foreign universities

The case of Rhodes University