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David Moore


Prof David Moore
Faculty of Humanities
Department of Anthropology and Development Studies
Head of Department

Professor Moore has spent around 30 years trying to understand Zimbabwean politics, history, and political economy – eight of those have been while he has been teaching at UJ as Professor of Development Studies and sometimes the department head. He thinks he’s getting close to comprehending the complexities of politics and development north of the Limpopo. When he wants things to seem a bit clearer he dabbles in development ‘theory’: sometimes abstractions make more sense than the empirics.   

David’s Phd (in Political Science) is from Toronto’s York University. He has taught in Canada, Australia, and at the University of KwaZulu-Natal as well as at UJ. Some of his theoretical work is indicated in his edited book The World Bank: Development, Poverty, Hegemony, a 2015 article in Stability: International Journal of Security & Development, “Conflict and After: Primitive Accumulation, Hegemonic Formation and Democratic Deepening”, 4, 1 pp. 1-21, DOI:, and, in 2014, ‘Coercion, Consent, and the Construction of Capitalism in Africa: Development Studies, Political Economy, Politics and the “Dark Continent”’, Transformation, 84, pp. 106-131, DOI: 10.1353/trn.2014.0005. Some of his work that is directly related to Zimbabwe includes ‘Death or Dearth of Democracy in Zimbabwe?’, Africa Spectrum, 49, 1 (April 2014), 101-114, at and ‘The Zimbabwean People’s Army Moment in Zimbabwean History, 1975–1977: Mugabe’s Rise and Democracy’s Demise’, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 32, 3 (October 2014), 302-318, DOI: 10.1080/02589001.2014.956499. Something in between theory and history might be ‘Robert Mugabe: an Intellectual Manqué and his Moments of Meaning’, in Sabelo Gatsheni-Ndlovu, ed., Mugabeism? History, Politics and Power in Africa, London: Palgrave, 2015, 29-44 – but it’s in a book so isn’t too easily available online unless you contact Professor Moore directly.

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