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dc.contributor.authorMhlanga, Brillant
dc.date.accessioned2013-04-17T14:19:36Z
dc.date.available2013-04-17T14:19:36Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.citationMhlanga , B 2012 , ' Devolution – The ‘Ticklish’ Subject : The ‘Northern Problem’ and the National Question in Zimbabwe ' , Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict Transformation , vol. 1 , no. 1 , pp. 206-232 .
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2299/10461
dc.description.abstractThis article argues that there is no post-colonial African state without its own ‘northern problem’, which like a bad birth-mark remains a threat to the national project. The ‘northern problem’ as a metaphor refers to the existence of a disgruntled group claiming a particular history and a particular identity that is different from that of the dominant ‘ethnie’ in a state. It does not necessarily refer to the geographic location of those forms of disenchantment with a nation-state. Rather, it indicates the attendant challenges to the national question that give impetus to calls for a revision of systems of governance or secession. The article will therefore engage the genesis of the calls for a change of system of governance in Zimbabwe; from a centralised project (unitary system) to devolution of power. It will argue that the ‘northern problem’ is linked to contemporary politics crystallising around feelings of being dominated, suppressed, excluded and marginalised from various national development projects, resource distribution, policy formulation and implementation. While in Zimbabwe this has not caused violent conflict in terms of war, the attendant discontent has continued to undermine the national project by dividing the state along ethnic and regional lines between Matebeleland and Mashonaland; with the latter perceived as the region of the ‘rulers’, while the region of Matebeleland is presented as the abode of the ‘ruled.’ The concept of devolution as a form of decentralisation will be engaged as part of a federal agenda. Further, in advocating for a people driven system of governance in Zimbabwe the ‘northern problem’ will be presented within the prism of seeking to avoid possible future conflict scenarios in Zimbabwe.en
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofUbuntu: Journal of Conflict Transformation
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dc.subjectDevolution, Decentralisation, Ethnicity, Matebeleland, Mashonaland, Northern Problem
dc.titleDevolution – The ‘Ticklish’ Subject : The ‘Northern Problem’ and the National Question in Zimbabween
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Humanities
dc.contributor.institutionSocial Sciences, Arts & Humanities Research Institute
dc.contributor.institutionEnglish Literature and Creative Writing
dc.contributor.institutionMedia Research Group
dc.contributor.institutionFilm
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dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
dc.relation.schoolSchool of Humanities
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dcterms.dateAccepted2012
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rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
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