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Zimbabwe's International Relations
Fantasy, Reality and the Making of the State

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  • Date Published: June 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107183209

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  • Zimbabwe is a state that has undergone significant ruptures in its domestic and international politics in recent years. This book explores how Zimbabwean citizens have, under difficult circumstances, reconstructed ideas of their state by imagining the wider world. Unlike other work on international relations, which tends to focus on the state level, this book is based on the accounts of ordinary people. Drawing on interviews with more than two hundred Zimbabweans, collected over three years, Gallagher explores how citizens draw on emotional responses to the international to find and construct different 'others'. While this unique and compelling read will appeal to those researching Zimbabwe, Gallagher's wider conclusions will interest those studying and advancing the broader theoretical debates of international relations.

    • Provides a new, compelling insight into the more recent politics of Zimbabwe, highlighting the connections between its domestic and international affairs
    • Uses extensive interviews and political theory to offer a 'bottom-up' approach to the study of African state-society relations
    • Offers an innovative approach to how international relations shapes state subjectivity, using the African experience to shed light on broader theoretical debates in international relations
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107183209
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: projection, introjection and recognition in international relations
    2. Mugabe vs Blair: the dynamics of projection
    3. Fragmented Zimbabwe
    4. Introjection: imagining the good state
    5. Recognition: Zimbabweans and their neighbours
    6. 2013: Zimbabwe repaired?
    7. Conclusion: fantasy and reality in international relations
    8. Postscript: recognition in research.

  • Author

    Julia Gallagher, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Julia Gallagher is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the author of Britain and Africa under Blair: In Pursuit of the Good State (2011), editor of Images of Africa: Creation, Negotiation and Subversion (2015), and co-author of Why Mugabe Won: The 2013 Elections in Zimbabwe and their Aftermath (Cambridge, 2017).

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