Disciplining a ‘Dissident’ City: Hydropolitics in the City of Bulawayo, Matabeleland, Zimbabwe, 1980–1994

  title={Disciplining a ‘Dissident’ City: Hydropolitics in the City of Bulawayo, Matabeleland, Zimbabwe, 1980–1994},
  author={Muchaparara Musemwa},
  journal={Journal of Southern African Studies},
  pages={239 - 254}
  • Muchaparara Musemwa
  • Published 1 June 2006
  • History, Political Science
  • Journal of Southern African Studies
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