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From Enslavement to Environmentalism
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A challenging ethnographic and historical look at the politics of eco-development in the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border zone

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AbbreviationsLinguistic ConventionsPrefaceAcknowledgments

Introduction: Power on African Frontiers

Part 1: Colonization, Failed and Successful1. Compulsory Labor and Unclaimed Land in Gogoi, Mozambique, 1862-19922. From Clientship to Land-Grabbing in Vhimba, Zimbabwe, 1893-1990

Part 2: The Border3. Refugees, Squatters, and the Politics of Land Allocation in Vhimba4. Community Forestry as Land-Grabbing in Vhimba5. Expatriate Loggers and Mapmakers in Gogoi

Part 3: Native Questions6. Open Native Reserves or None?7. In Conclusion, Three Liberal Projects Reassessed

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David McDermott Hughes is assistant professor of human ecology at Rutgers University.

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"An important contribution to the fields of political ecology, environmental anthropology, and Southern African studies. Hughes has combined archival research and ethnographic fieldwork to produce a historically situated account of contemporary struggles over land and development while raising fundamental questions about the nature of environment and development projects in Southern Africa." -- American Anthropologist "A fascinating study of the history and current state of the politics of land and people on both sides of the Mozambique-Zimbabwe border. This is a valuable work in terms of its specific coverage of the Ndau-speaking people." -- African Studies Review "Hughes offers a fresh, grounded and provocative take on questions central to political ecology in southern Africa." Jocelyn Alexander, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford "An excellent study...[that] presents policymakers, activists, and scholars alike with an important and provocative argument that deserves to be heard." International Journal of African Historical Studies "David Hughes provides a fascinating study of the history and current state of the politics of land and people on both sides of the Mozambique-Zimbabwe border. This is a valuable work in terms of its specific coverage of the Ndau-speaking people." African Studies Review "This is an important book. Its contributions are multiple. The historical analysis of political development in these two regions of Mozambique and Zimbabwe is provocative, and suggests a novel way of viewing the dynamics of colonialism...An important addition to the scant historiography of the region." Anthropological Quarterly "From Enslavement to Environmentalism stands out in the debate on politics around community-based conservation in Africa and is very strong empirically." Electronic Green Journal "Smart and original, this book will provoke interest and controversy among both advocates and critics of neoliberal development policy in Africa. Its strength lies precisely in its bold conceptual framework and polemical style." Eric Worby, Yale University

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