Introduction: Contextualising Debate

  • Christopher Roy Zembe


This comparative study of Zimbabwean immigrants in Britain illustrates why they should not be viewed as reified communities with fixed essence, but as a product of ethno-racial identities and prejudices developed and nurtured during the phases of Zimbabwe’s history. The introductory chapter contextualises the key debates by identifying historical experiences which had been instrumental in not only constructing relations between Zimbabwean immigrant communities, but also their economic and social integration processes. To validate the research, the chapter also discusses the methodologies used which were an analysis of personal interviews, participant observation, and secondary and primary sources. The quest to recognise historic legacies on Zimbabwean immigrants’ interactions and integration processes necessitated the first two thematic chapters to engage the construction of ethno-racial identities in the pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial phases of Zimbabwe’s history.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of HumanitiesDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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