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Youth Political Mobilization: Violence, Intimidation, and Patronage in Zimbabwe

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dc.rights.license Open Access Maringira, Godfrey 2023-09-06T13:26:14Z 2023-09-06T13:26:14Z 2022
dc.description.abstract In this article, we argue that the “making” and deployment of political violence can be construed as hard work, in which political elites mobilize those from below to sustain their positions through the mobilization and doing of violence against perceived opposition political parties and or individuals. The article examines the ways in which former President Robert Mugabe instrumentalized his political relationship with his clients as a tool of political mobilization and perpetrating political violence in urban spaces where his electoral support base had dwindled. We argue that one of the remarkable ways in which Mugabe was able to remain in power for three decades was through his ability to creatively transform his influence and political position into a source of opportunities for his political clients, in particular the youth. We, therefore, assert that Mugabe extended and maintained his political patrimonial relationship with youths who did the work of political violence for him and his ZANU-PF party. The mobilization of youth political violence is therefore an “art of governing” from below. This article is based on ethnographic data collected between 2016 and 2017 from youth in Harare. We conducted in-depth interviews, life-history interviews, observations, and informal conversations with youth in Harare city, Zimbabwe. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Blackwell Publishing Inc. en_US
dc.subject politics, violence, militias, patronage, youth, victimhood en_US
dc.title Youth Political Mobilization: Violence, Intimidation, and Patronage in Zimbabwe en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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