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Zimbabwean Communities in Britain

Imperial and Post-Colonial Identities and Legacies

Authors: Zembe, Christopher Roy

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  • Using Zimbabwean communities in Britain as a case study, this book explores how imperial and post-colonial history has shaped and continues to shape African immigrant communities
  • Analyses why attempts to create a unified diaspora identity by some African immigrant communities proved to be an emotive process which could not conceal historic ethnic or racial tensions and prejudices
  • Highlights the increasing diversity of African immigrants in Britain, focusing on the dynamics and differences even within the relatively small Zimbabwean community
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This book examines why Zimbabwean immigrants in Britain should be viewed as a product of ethno-racial identities and prejudices developed and nurtured during the colonial and post-colonial phases of Zimbabwe’s history. In the absence of shared historic socio-economic or cultural commonalities, the book will tackle the key question: ‘Are Zimbabweans in Britain demarcated by race and ethnicity an imagined community?’ Through an analysis of personal interviews, and secondary and primary sources, it identifies and engages historical experiences that had been instrumental in constructing diasporic identities and integration processes of Zimbabwean immigrants. With most literature tending to create perceptions that Zimbabwean immigrants are a monolithic community of Blacks, the book’s comparative analysis of Blacks, Whites, Coloureds and Asians unveils a multi-racial community fragmented by historic racial and ethnic allegiances and prejudices. It is essential reading for scholars and researchers interested in migration, African Diaspora, and colonial and post-colonial studies.


About the authors

Christopher Roy Zembe is Lecturer in History at De Montfort University, UK. His research interests are the history of migration, colonial and post-colonial legacies and the African diaspora. He has previously published an article in the Journal of Migration History entitled ‘Migrating with Colonial and Post-Colonial Memories: Dynamics of Racial Interactions within Zimbabwe's Minority Communities in Britain’.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Contextualising Debate

    Zembe, Christopher Roy

    Pages 1-20

  • Emergence of Ethno-Racial Prejudices and Identities, 1800s–1970s

    Zembe, Christopher Roy

    Pages 21-63

  • Constructing Post-colonial Ethnic and Racial Relations

    Zembe, Christopher Roy

    Pages 65-95

  • Intercommunal Tensions: Post-1980 Black Immigrant Community in Britain

    Zembe, Christopher Roy

    Pages 97-126

  • Zimbabwe’s Minority Communities in Britain Reliving Colonial and Post-colonial Memories

    Zembe, Christopher Roy

    Pages 127-150

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-89683-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-89682-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Zimbabwean Communities in Britain
Book Subtitle
Imperial and Post-Colonial Identities and Legacies
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-89683-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-89683-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-89682-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 282
Number of Illustrations
2 illustrations in colour
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