The struggle over state power in Zimbabwe : law and politics since 1950

Karekwaivanane, George Hamandishe, 1980- author
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  • Creator George Hamandishe Karekwaivanane
  • Format Books
  • Publication Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017. ©2017
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  • Physical Details
    • xiv, 272 pages ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9781107190207, 1107190207
  • OCLC ocn986237229


  • "The establishment of legal institutions was a key part of the process of state construction in Africa, and these institutions have played a crucial role in the projection of state authority across space. This is especially the case in colonial and postcolonial Zimbabwe. George Karekwaivanane offers a unique long-term study of law and politics in Zimbabwe, which examines how the law was used in the constitution and contestation of state power across the late-colonial and postcolonial periods. Through this, he offers insight on recent debates about judicial independence, adherence to human rights, and the observation of the rule of law in contemporary Zimbabwean politics. The book sheds light on the prominent place that law has assumed in Zimbabwe's recent political struggles for those researching the history of the state and power in Southern Africa. It also carries forward important debates on the role of law in state-making, and will also appeal to those interested in African legal history"--


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Laying down the law: a historical background, 1890-1950 -- Customising justice and constructing subjects : state, 'customary law' and Chiefs' Courts, 1950-1980 -- Legislating against dissent: law, race and politics, 1950-1964 -- Legality without legitimacy: law and politics during UDI, 1965-1980 -- Intermediaries, intellectuals and translators : African lawyers and the struggles in the legal arena, 1950-1980 -- Law and transformation: remaking the legal system in postcolonial Zimbabwe, 1980-1990 -- Continuity and consolidation: law and politics in Zimbabwe, 1980-1990 -- 'The past as prologue': law and politics in Zimbabwe, 1997-2008