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dc.contributor.authorMhlanga, Brillant
dc.identifier.citationMhlanga , B 2013 , ' Ethnicity or tribalism? The discursive construction of Zimbabwean national identity ' , African Identities , vol. 11 , no. 1 , pp. 47-60 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 1526712
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 523a64db-d633-43ea-b445-13964767eb13
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84877869025
dc.description.abstractIn Zimbabwe any attempt to discuss ethnicity risks being labelled as ‘tribalism’ and, therefore, divisive to a supposedly ‘united nation.’ But what is ethnicity? This paper will attempt to discuss this issue, with particular focus on its intersection with nationalism and the construction of national identity. It will illuminate the liminal process of the ‘criminalisation of ethnicity’ through some moves aimed at blocking open discourse on ethnicity as a form of identity. Furthermore, the paper illustrates how Zimbabwe’s Shona-dominated nationalist discourses tend to follow the social constructivist path, which publicly dismisses the existence of ethnicity while clandestinely embracing it for dubious political purposes. In the process, the paper will also challenge the Eurocentric-theoretical perspectives underlying the normative engagement of ethnicity within the political and culturalist perspectives in Africa for presenting ethnicity as retrogressive and divisive. It is further argued that the scarcity of indigenous theoretical lenses of understanding ethnicity, exacerbated by grotesque forms of nationalism, as seen in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Africa sustains the suppression of ethnic minority voices and the shrift dismissal of their issues as peripheral or regional. This lack of proper vent has thus led to the continued resurgence of violent ethnic upheavals across the African continent.en
dc.relation.ispartofAfrican Identities
dc.subjectethnicity, tribalism, nationalism, primordial, nativist, criminalisation
dc.titleEthnicity or tribalism? : The discursive construction of Zimbabwean national identityen
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.institutionCreative Economy Research Centre
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review

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