Using oral, archival and written sources, the book reconstructs the experiences of African women and men working in Zimbabwe’s hospitals in the twentieth century. It demonstrates how African nurses, i.e., nursing assistants, nursing orderlies, medics and State Registered Nurses were the spine of the hospital system and through their work ensured the smooth functioning of hospitals in Zimbabwe. The book argues that African nurses took the opportunity afforded to them by the profession to transform Zimbabwe’s clinical spaces into their own. They were interlocutors between white medical and nursing personnel and African patients and made Africans’ adjustments to hospital settings easier. At the same time, the book moves beyond hospital spaces, interrogating the significance of the nursing profession within African communities, in the process bridging the divide between public and private spaces. The book makes a significant contribution to global nursing historiography by highlighting how Zimbabwean nurses’ experiences within hospitals and beyond clinical spaces speak to the experiences of other nurses within the Southern African region and beyond. Through documenting the stories and histories of African nurses over a period of a century and the various ways in which they struggled and creatively adapted to their subordinate position in hospitals and how they transformed these healing spaces to make them their own, the book suggests that nurses were important historical actors whose encounters and experiences in Zimbabwe’s healing spaces – the hospitals – deserve to be documented.
In Zimbabwe, just as elsewhere, the end of colonial rule and the coming of independence ushered in a new era. Amongst other things, the new government faced an enormous task in revolutionising the health sector. For this work, the task placed emphasis on transforming the hospital system and, by extension, nurses’ working conditions. Besides expanding the health delivery system, 1 the new government took various steps to deracialise and democratise hospitals. The deracialisation and democratisation of hospitals in the first years of independence took two forms
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In Zimbabwe the politics of heritage, memory and commemoration
has been the subject of considerable academic and public debate for
a long time. In March 2011, however, this took a decidedly macabre
twist when reports, accompanied with graphic photographs and
video footage, emerged of massive war veteran-led exhumations taking place at the disused Monkey William mine at Bembera Village
in Chibondo in Mount Darwin (northern Zimbabwe), where the
phenomenon, the early data suggests that those concerns were
well-founded, with excess deaths from malaria epidemics in Zimbabwe in early 2020
measured in the tens of thousands ( Gavi et
al. , 2021 ).
Of course, malaria and NTDs represent only a fraction of the illnesses and deaths that
have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other infectious diseases have caused
millions of deaths throughout this period. The burden of drug-resistant infections
– already approaching one million
, humanitarian action and
human rights demands have been features of these foreign-policy demands. In the case of China,
neither has been. And so concerted action in times of crisis will only take place because it
threatens Chinese interests, promises China some kind of reputational benefit or is a case to
which China is indifferent (like Mali, for instance). And China’s allies – from
Sudan to Zimbabwe to Egypt to the Philippines to Kazakhstan to North Korea – can rest
easier in the knowledge that China will not use human rights norms or humanitarian
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How IPC Data is Communicated through the Media to Trigger Emergency
topics? The comparison of current
narratives on famines still allows us to draw some elements of a narrative
mechanism, the mainspring of which is based, on the one hand, on an implicit analogy
between elements whose association makes ‘famine’, and on the other
hand, on the use of ambiguous expert references. Information on crises in Somalia
(2011, 2017), Sahel (2012), South Sudan (2016 to 2019), Yemen (2016 to 2018) and
Nigeria (2017), Kasai (2018) or in Zimbabwe (2019) and
This book explores the class experiences of white workers in Southern Rhodesia. Interest in white identity, power and privilege has grown since struggles over white land ownership in Zimbabwe in the early 2000s, yet research has predominately focused on middle-class and rural whites. By critically building upon whiteness literature developed in the United States and synthesising theories of race, class and gender within a critical Marxist framework, this book considers the ways in which racial supremacy and white identity were forged and contested by lower-class whites. It demonstrates how settler anxieties over hegemonic notions of white femininity and masculinity, white poverty, Coloureds, Africans and ‘undesirable’ non-British whites were rooted in class experience and significantly contributed to dominant white worker political ideologies and self-understandings. Based on original research conducted in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Zimbabwe, this book also explores how white workers used notions of ‘white work’ and white ‘standards of living’ to mark out racial boundaries. In doing so the author demonstrates how the worlds of work were embedded in the production of social identities and structural inequalities as well as how class interacted and intersected with other identities and oppressions. This book will be of interest to undergraduates and academics of gender, labour, race and class in African and imperial and colonial history, the history of emotions and settler colonial studies.
Settlers at the End of Empire is a ground-breaking study that integrates the neglected history of emigration from the United Kingdom with the history of immigration to the United Kingdom in the second half of the twentieth century. Drawing attention to the volume and longevity of British emigration, Settlers at the End of Empire analyses the development of racialised migration regimes in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe), from the Second World War to the collapse of the apartheid regime in 1994. Both white emigration from the United Kingdom and the arrival of increasing numbers of Commonwealth migrants of colour were cast as signs of national decline and many emigrants cited the arrival of migrants of colour as a factor in their decision to leave. South Africa and Rhodesia meanwhile, moved from selective immigration policies in the 1940s and 1950s to an intensive recruitment of white migrants in the 1960s and 1970s. This was an attempt by these increasingly embattled settler regimes to increase their white populations and thereby defend minority rule. Though such efforts bore limited results in war-torn Rhodesia, South Africa saw a dramatic increase of European and especially British migrants from the 1960s to the early 1980s, just as the United Kingdom implemented immigration restrictions aimed at Commonwealth migrants of colour. In all three nations, therefore, though they took different forms, migration policies were intended to defend nations imagined as white in the wake of imperial collapse.
University of New Brunswick in Canada, with a thesis on the different visions of Africa in the works of Chinua Achebe, Margaret Laurence, Elspeth Huxley and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o.
While in Canada until 1973, Micere was actively involved in political movements fighting for the liberation of southern African countries such as Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. She was also active in the Black Power Movement in the United States. This is how she met and forged strong friendships with such activists as Angela Davis and Assata