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Lived Experiences of Borderland Communities in Zimbabwe

Livelihoods, Conservation, War and Covid-19

  • Considers the lived experiences of all Zimbabwe borderlands communities

  • Locates the notions of borders and borderlands within broad range of themes

  • Contains empirically rich case studies and intellectually stimulating comparisons

Part of the book series: Springer Geography (SPRINGERGEOGR)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Borders, Borderlands and Borderlanders

    • Joshua Matanzima, Kirk Helliker, Nedson Pophiwa
    Pages 1-25
  3. Wildlife, Conservation and War

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 101-101
    2. Park-People Relationships and Local Community Perceptions on Wildlife Conservation in the Sengwe Area, Chiredzi District

      • Itai Dhliwayo, Never Muboko, Clayton Mashapa, Chiedza N. Mutanga, Edson Gandiwa
      Pages 103-118

About this book

This book examines the national borders and borderlands of Zimbabwe through the presentation of empirically rich case studies. It delves into the lived experiences, both past and present, of populations residing along the borders between Zimbabwe and its neighbours, i.e., Zambia, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique. It locates these lived experiences within the political economy of Zimbabwe, and highlights a wide range of themes pertinent to borders, including health, COVID-19, marginalisation, resource access, conservation, human-wildlife conflicts, civil wars, politico-economic crises, border jumping and cross border trade. The borderland communities discussed also include ethnic minorities such as the Tonga, San, Ndau, Shangane, and Kalanga. Overall, the book demonstrates the centrality of borders to the Zimbabwean nation-state and the importance of reading history, politics and society from the borderlands.


The book fits into the wider prevailing literature of border and borderlands in Africa and beyond and thus has appeal far beyond Zimbabwe. Its diverse themes also relate to topics covered in multiple disciplines, including history, anthropology, and sociology. Academics, development specialists and policy makers will benefit in different ways from the depth and breadth of the analysis in the book.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Nedson Pophiwa

  • The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

    Joshua Matanzima

  • Department of Sociology, Rhodes University, Makhanda, South Africa

    Kirk Helliker

About the editors

Nedson Pophiwa: is a senior lecturer in monitoring and evaluation at the Wits School of Governance. He holds a PhD in Economic History from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His research interests are in governance, public service delivery, cross-border shopping and informal cross-border trade.

Joshua Matanzima: is a Research Officer at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (Sustainable Minerals Institute), The University of Queensland, Australia. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from La Trobe University, Australia. He carries out research on development and mining- induced displacements, anthropology of landscapes, human- wildlife conflicts, social aspects of energy transition and mining, Indigenous land return processes, livelihoods and marginalization as well as borderlands economies. He is co- editor of Livelihoods of Ethnic Minorities in Rural Zimbabwe and Tonga Livelihoods in Rural Zimbabwe.


Kirk Helliker: is an Emeritus Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at Rhodes University in South Africa where he heads the Unit of Zimbabwean Studies. He continues to supervise Zimbabwean PhD students and publishes widely on Zimbabwean society and history.




Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Lived Experiences of Borderland Communities in Zimbabwe

  • Book Subtitle: Livelihoods, Conservation, War and Covid-19

  • Editors: Nedson Pophiwa, Joshua Matanzima, Kirk Helliker

  • Series Title: Springer Geography

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-32195-5

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-32194-8Published: 28 June 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-32195-5Published: 27 June 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2194-315X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2194-3168

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 214

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Public Policy, Cultural Geography, Cultural Heritage

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eBook USD 89.00
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Hardcover Book USD 119.99
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  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
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