Walking a Tightrope: Towards a Social History of the Coloured Community of Zimbabwe

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Africa World Press, 2005 - Racially mixed people - 323 pages
Focusing mainly on the process of identity formation among members of Zimbabwe's coloured community, this book challenges conventional wisdom on race and ethnic identities. When viewed in the broad perspective of studies which focus on identities in general, this work is one of the few that clearly tries to demonstrate how social identities are produced and reproduced in the dialect of internal and external definition while paying adequate attention to the role played by the people themselves.



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James Muzondidya teaches southern African History at the University of Zimbabwe. Educated at the University of Zimbabwe and the University of Cape Town, he was recently a postdoctoral research scholar at Columbia University, New York. His research interests are in minority rights and cultures and identity politics in the postcolonial African state, and his work has mainly focused on the construction of racial and ethnic identities in Southern Africa.

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