Ethnicity, not class? The 1929 Bulawayo faction fights reconsidered

Msindo, E. (2006) Ethnicity, not class? The 1929 Bulawayo faction fights reconsidered. Journal of Southern African Studies, 32 (3). pp. 429-447. ISSN 0305-7070



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From Christmas Eve of 1929 to the end of that year, Bulawayo was an ungovernable city marred by fights between Shona, on the one hand (perceived as a 'common enemy'), and forces that were predominantly Ndebele and groups sympathetic to them. A brilliant attempt to explain these clashes a generation ago, nevertheless falls short. This article seeks to revise the popular interpretation of this violence and re-contextualise it historically. A longer timeframe would give us an alternative view of the conflict. It also vindicates the ethnic interpretation of the violence that Phimister and van Onselen, concentrating on the then popular Marxist 'class struggle' paradigm, either minimised or failed to assess thoroughly.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:class; ethnic conflict; ethnicity; violence; class struggle; faction fights; Phimster; van Onselen; Shona; Matabele; African studies; Bulawayo; Zimbabwe; Southern Rhodesia; Southern Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; Africa
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > History
ID Code:1038
Deposited On:25 Jul 2008
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