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Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict and Social Transformation
Published Since: 2012. The Journal is currently indexed by EBSCO, Sabinet, ProQuest, IBSS and J-Gate.
Publication Frequency: Biannually.

Freedom Mazwi and Rangarirai Muchetu explore the exploitative emergent agrarian relations in the sugarcane plantation estates in eastern Zimbabwe following the fast tracked state-driven land reform program in 2000. Zimbabwe’s initial violent land reform program and the resultant uncertainties over land tenure security and political instability saw a number of banks suspending agriculture financing to the beneficiaries of land redistribution. Fifteen years later, the financial institutions are slowly re-financing agricultural production, albeit not directly to peasant farmers but through large plantation estates. These contract farming arrangements that are emerging away from state policy spaces in the agriculture sector, Mazwi and Muchetu argue, are promoting exploitative asymmetrical relations between the monopolistic and powerful plantation estates and the poor sugarcane small to medium farmers whose net incomes are being reduced through unfair pricing structure and high ............

Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict and Social Transformation seeks to advance knowledge and understanding of the notion of Ubuntu which speaks to the idea of humanness. The first half of 2015 jolted African scholars, politicians, the clergy and leaders from all walks of life to stand and be counted among those against the sort of inhumanness that we sometimes observe Africans meting out on fellow Africans. In April of 2015, close to 150 students of Garissa University in Kenya were massacred by Al Shabab terrorists. The ringleader of the atrocious attack was a law graduate. The terror attack on Garissa University Students was no different from previous attacks in Kenya where non-Muslims were singled out for execution. Though based in Somalia, Al Shabab recruits young sympathisers from the mainly Muslim communities in Kenya. With terrorist groups like Al Shabab and Boko Haram butchering civilians in cold blood, the question on every right thinking African is: “where then is our humanness&............

For generations going back to ancient times, scholars and other interested parties have debated the causes of conflict and war. Conflicts and wars have become a major preoccupation of humans – from individuals to leaders, communities, and whole countries. Not surprisingly, scholarly explanations and theories now abound. For some scholars, conflicts and wars can be attributed to psychological factors, particularly the roles played by leaders and other key players. For many social psychologists and sociologists, the answer may be found by looking at the sorts of roles people play within social groups in society.  Many anthropologists blame conflicts and wars on the cultural factors which condition human beings to particular behaviour patterns. Many scientists attribute conflicts and wars to human nature, suggesting that human beings – particularly males – are effectively coded genetically to engage in aggression as a survival mechanism in a world full o............

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