n African Review of Economics and Finance - Integral green Zimbabwe : an African phoenix rising, Elizabeth Mamukwa, Ronnie Lessem and Alexander Schieffer (eds.) (2014)

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2042-1478
  • E-ISSN: 2410-4906


The 'Africa rising' narrative has generated much debate in recent times. Obeng- Odoom's (2014) contribution to the Forum for Social Economics argues that this narrative hides other equally (if not more) important political economic processes and is misleading in its promises and implications. Integral green Zimbabwe: An African phoenix rising is the latest example of this grand narrative and its limitations. The book consists of a collection of essays by established and emerging scholars who were part of a PhD programme at a university in South Africa. In many ways this highlights the similar thread of argument which runs through the chapters. Fung Chang provides a foreword which highlights a brief history of Zimbabwe, focusing on how the socio-economic crisis has evolved. All the contributions in the book are grounded in Schieffer and Lessem's Integral Worlds Model, according to which society should 'co-evolve through (an) integral approach to research and development (that) promotes an inclusive image containing all sectors of society, jointly contributing to a healthy, dynamic balance of that society - in relationship to other societies and to the world as whole' (pp. xxxiii).

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