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Author: Richard Saunders
Publisher: Weaver Press, 2016.
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The diamond fields of Chiadzwa, among the world's largest sources of rough diamonds have been at the centre of struggles for power in Zimbabwe since their discovery in 2006. Against the backdrop of a turbulent political economy, control of Chiadzwa's diamonds was hotly contested. By 2007 a new case of 'blood diamonds' had emerged, in which the country's security forces engaged with informal miners and black market  Read more...
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Saunders, Richard.
Facets of Power.
Weaver Press, 2016
(OCoLC)949752464
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Saunders
ISBN: 1779222904 9781779222909
OCLC Number: 951076149
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Foreword --
1. Introduction : the many facets of Marange's diamonds / Richard Saunders --
2. Geologies of power : conflict diamonds, security politics and Zimbabwe's troubled transition / Richard Saunders --
3. Reap what you sow : corruption and greed in Marange's diamond fields / Alan Martin --
4. Enforcer or enabler? Rethinking the Kimberley process in the shadow of Marange / Shamiso Mtisi --
5. Marange diamonds and the Kimberley process : an activist's account / Farai Maguwu --
6. Free-for-all? Artisanal diamond mining and economic redistribution on the edges of the state, 2006-2008 / Tinashe Nyamunda --
7. The social impact of mining on schools in Marange, 2006-2013 / Mathew Ruguwa --
8. Forced removals and hidden power : involuntary displacement and resettlement in Marange / Crescentia Madebwe and Victor Madebwe --
9. Holding ground : community, companies and resistance in Chiadzwa / Melanie Chiponda and Richard Saunders --
10. Epilogue : back to the beginning / Richard Saunders.
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The diamond fields of Chiadzwa, among the world's largest sources of rough diamonds have been at the centre of struggles for power in Zimbabwe since their discovery in 2006. Against the backdrop of a turbulent political economy, control of Chiadzwa's diamonds was hotly contested. By 2007 a new case of 'blood diamonds' had emerged, in which the country's security forces engaged with informal miners and black market dealers in the exploitation of rough diamonds, violently disrupting local communities and looting a key national resource. The formalisation of diamond mining in 2010 introduced new forms of large-scale theft, displacement and rights abuses. Facets of Power is the first comprehensive account of the emergence, meaning and profound impact of Chiadzwa's diamonds. Drawing on new fieldwork and published sources, the contributors present a graphic and accessibly written narrative of corruption and greed, as well as resistance by those who have suffered at the hands of the mineral's secretive and violent beneficiaries. If the lessons of resistance have been mostly disheartening ones, they also point towards more effective strategies for managing public resources, and mounting democratic challenges to elites whose power is sustained by preying on them.

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