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  • Morgan Richard Tsvangirai's Legacy: Opposition Politics and the Struggle for Human Rights, Democracy and Gender Sensitivities
  • Ngonidzashe Marongwe
  • 2022
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  • Published by: LANGAA RPCIG
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Morgan Richard Tsvangirai is arguably the most polarising figure and advocate of democracy and human rights in the history of opposition politics in Zimbabwe. He is as much a topic of debate in Zimbabwe and beyond as the late president Robert Gabriel Mugabe. Tsvangirai's legacy, like Mugabe's, remains indisputably controversial and conflicted. Broadly, the divided opinion on the Tsvangirai legacy can be represented, firstly, by those who argue that Tsvangirai was the champion of democracy and the face of the struggle for human rights in Zimbabwe. In this light, Tsvangirai has been variously described as a "selfless...people's hero", a "colossus of the struggle for democracy", "the commander of the struggle", "a symbol of courage and resistance", and "the doyen of constitutionalism" in Zimbabwe. On the other hand, critics have described Tsvangirai as a "sell-out", "a Judas Iscariot", "traitor", and "coward", among other nefarious and pejorative characterisations. Drawing on all these opinions and the various characterisations of Tsvangirai, this book provides a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary appraisal of a gigantic trade unionist and political figure who, in his life and in death, inspires different narratives, emotions and values. This book is therefore about a mortal but "living" figure who left an indelible mark on Zimbabwe, Africa and the rest of the world in fields such as trade unionism, governance and politics. As such, the book is handy for students and practitioners in African studies, political science, policy studies, economics, history, global studies and development studies.Morgan Richard Tsvangirai is arguably the most polarising figure and advocate of democracy and human rights in the history of opposition politics in Zimbabwe. He is as much a topic of debate in Zimbabwe and beyond as the late president Robert Gabriel Mugabe. Tsvangirai's legacy, like Mugabe's, remains indisputably controversial and conflicted. Broadly, the divided opinion on the Tsvangirai legacy can be represented, firstly, by those who argue that Tsvangirai was the champion of democracy and the face of the struggle for human rights in Zimbabwe. In this light, Tsvangirai has been variously described as a "selfless...people's hero", a "colossus of the struggle for democracy", "the commander of the struggle", "a symbol of courage and resistance", and "the doyen of constitutionalism" in Zimbabwe. On the other hand, critics have described Tsvangirai as a "sell-out", "a Judas Iscariot", "traitor", and "coward", among other nefarious and pejorative characterisations. Drawing on all these opinions and the various characterisations of Tsvangirai, this book provides a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary appraisal of a gigantic trade unionist and political figure who, in his life and in death, inspires different narratives, emotions and values. This book is therefore about a mortal but "living" figure who left an indelible mark on Zimbabwe, Africa and the rest of the world in fields such as trade unionism, governance and politics. As such, the book is handy for students and practitioners in African studies, political science, policy studies, economics, history, global studies and development studies.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. iii-x
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1 - Morgan Richard Tsvangirai's Legacy: An Introduction
  2. Ngonidzashe Marongwe, Munyaradzi Mawere & Fidelis Peter Thomas Duri
  3. pp. 1-20
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  1. 2 - Trade unionist, civil activist and politician: Morgan Tsvangirai before the Movement for Democratic Change
  2. Fidelis Peter Thomas Duri &Trust Makwinja Asima
  3. pp. 21-42
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  1. 3 - Morgan Tsvangirai and the Struggles for Democracy in the Movement for Democratic Change, 1999-2018
  2. Ngonidzashe Marongwe
  3. pp. 43-68
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  1. 4 - Nomenclature, Rhetoric and Power: Zimbabwe's Political Contestations and the Characterisation of Morgan Richard Tsvangirai
  2. Fidelis Peter Thomas Duri & Sicelokuhle Mabhena
  3. pp. 69-104
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  1. 5 - Leaving Behind a Fractured Party: The MDC-T during and after Morgan Tsvangirai's Demise
  2. Tasara Muguti
  3. pp. 105-142
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  1. 6 - Juxtaposing Morgan Tsvangirai with other Opposition Political Leaders in Post-colonial Zimbabwe
  2. Nicholas Govo, Benice Farai Nkomo & Theresa Zibengwa
  3. pp. 143-168
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  1. 7 - Breaking the Culture of Silence and Submissiveness in Zimbabwe's Political Landscape: An Exploration of Morgan Tsvangirai's Political Heritage
  2. Tapuwa Raymond Mubaya
  3. pp. 169-184
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  1. 8 - Morgan Tsvangirai and the Controverted Notions of Heroism in Zimbabwe
  2. Munyaradzi Mawere, Costain Tandi & Takavafira Masarira Zhou
  3. pp. 185-224
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  1. 9 - Morgan Tsvangirai, Opposition Politics, State Violence and the Churches
  2. Edmore Dube
  3. pp. 225-242
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  1. 10 - From Resilience to Capitulation? Problematising Morgan Tsvangirai's Political Career in Zimbabwe
  2. Elvis Tsvangirayi Siziva
  3. pp. 243-256
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  1. 11 - Bleeps and Blunders: From Morgan Tsvangirai to Nelson Chamisa
  2. Fananidzo Muchemwa
  3. pp. 257-272
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  1. 12 - Unpacking Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change Strategies in the Struggle for Political Power in Zimbabwe
  2. Aaron Rwodzi
  3. pp. 273-286
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  1. 13 - State Repression and Tsvangirai's Legacy of Resilience
  2. Itai Raymond Chishiri & Trust Makwinja Asima
  3. pp. 287-318
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  1. 14 - Morgan Richard Tsvangirai's Political Persona: A Contested Legacy?
  2. Takavafira Masarira Zhou & Costain Tandi
  3. pp. 319-350
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  1. Back cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789956552788
Related ISBN(s)
9789956552894
MARC Record
OCLC
1310397005
Pages
364
Launched on MUSE
2022-05-20
Language
English
Open Access
No
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