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Social research and civil society in Zimbabwe, 28 July

Social Research and Civil Society in Zimbabwe
Paper presented by Lloyd Sachikonye

Speaker: Lloyd Sachikonye
Date: Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Time: 12:30-14:00
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Zimbabwe's 1980-2015 trajectory has many lessons for the rest of the world, not least South Africa. Through epochs of nationalist uhuru, expansion of the welfare state, debt crisis and ineffectual structural adjustment, renewed political repression, the rise and fall of an opposition party and the country's current state of extreme flux, there have been various vital trends in civil society. The present repression of civil society activists signals the state's fear that the period ahead includes greater opportunities for social change.

Lloyd Sachikonye is a professor at the University of Zimbabwe’s Institute for Development Studies, with specialisations in labour, civil society and public policy. A political scientist, he attended Ahmadu Bello University and Leeds University, and is the author of scores of books, chapters and journal articles dealing with these themes, dating to 1980. Amongst his books are: Democracy, Civil Society, and the State: Social movements in Southern Africa; The One-Party State and Democracy: The Zimbabwe Debate; and (with Brian Raftopoulos), Striking Back: The Labour Movement and the Post-Colonial State in Zimbabwe, 1980-2000. He is also an honorary professor at the UKZN Centre for Civil Society.

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