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Desired Publics, Domestic Government, and Entangled Fears: On the Anthropology of Civil Society, Farm Workers, and White Farmers in Zimbabwe


Development interventions made by nongovernmental organizations into the lives of commercial farm workers in Zimbabwe in the late 1990s have become entangled in the ongoing political and economic crisis in that country. Intersections of power, desire, and fear involved in the promotion of civil society open up questions addressing the racialized and gendered politics of the place of farm workers within the nation, the practice of “civil society” in Africa, and the positioning of an anthropologist within these fields of power.

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