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“A Place of Pain and Gain”: Exploring the Dynamics of Resistance in the Creation of Sengwe Tshipise Wilderness Corridor, Southeast Zimbabwe


Chirozva, C and Black, R and Higgins, V, 'A Place of Pain and Gain': Exploring the Dynamics of Resistance in the Creation of Sengwe Tshipise Wilderness Corridor, Southeast Zimbabwe, Society and Natural Resources, 30, (8) pp. 964-979. ISSN 0894-1920 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/08941920.2016.1265186


This article examines the relationship between place attachment and resistance during participatory planning of the Sengwe Tshipise Wilderness Corridor, located in southeast Zimbabwe, a region that falls within the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area. Field research was conducted from July to December 2013 using 69 semistructured interviews, seven focus-group discussions, and analysis of secondary data. By following the dominant narratives articulated by villagers affected by this Corridor, we illustrate the multiple ways in which place attachment becomes part of everyday politics of resistance. Results show that a strong place-based identity is at the center of narratives deployed by villagers displaced by war, conservation, and veterinary fencing restrictions. Through deploying this placebased identity, communities collectively influenced both the spatial extent of the corridor and institutional governance arrangements. This article contributes to debates on the role of community agency in the implementation of transfrontier conservation areas.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Biodiversity corridor; place attachment; resistance; transfrontier conservation areas
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Environmental sociology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Rights to environmental and natural resources (excl. water allocation)
UTAS Author:Higgins, V (Professor Vaughan Higgins)
ID Code:124672
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-03-04
Last Modified:2022-08-29

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