The Politics of Community Resilience: A Closer Look into the Settlement Hierarchy of Zimbabwe

Abstract

This chapter explores and assess community resilience in different settlements of Zimbabwe. It adopts a reductionist approach of understanding conceptual components of community resilience as they apply to the evolutionary process and functionality of different settlements. The chapter applies livelihoods framework to the four settlements: urban, peri-urban, rural resettlement and communal settlements. In its multidimensional variation, resilience is more direct and tangible at household level. The abstract and intangible nature that resilience takes extends to larger sphere (Wilson, 2012a). Therefore, at the community level, the chapter explores is an intersection of micro-individual or household resilience and macro national level resilience leveraging its upscaling or downscaling.


CHAPTER OUTLINE

Introduction
Human Settlements Development in Zimbabwe
The Concept of Community Resilience
Framework of Analysis
Findings and Discussion
Urban Settlements, Resilience at the Centre
Conclusions
References

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