Based on her personal experience of life in Rhodesia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and on her multi-ethnic contacts, "Zimbabwe and the New Elite" is Ruth Weiss's provocative account of the development of Zimbabwe from a white-dominated, white supremacist state to an African state with black majority rule. Much of the material is drawn from personal interviews, and the result is an analysis of the old and new elites: the old white elite on which Zimbabwe relies; and the new black elite. Weiss describes the nature of the relationship between these two groups, and shows how capitalism continues to flourish - even under a supposedly Marxist regime - leading us to question whether the right of admission is still reserved.
Part 1 Historical background: getting together - the policy of reconciliation; the Lancaster House game; the land and its people; myths of the past; who were the Rhodesians?; the dispossessed; no more jaw jaw - the bush war. Part 2 Post-independence: regret but no remorse?; reconciliation in practice; Rhodies and Zimbabweans; the aged; be a sport - "play, play on and play the game!"; love thy neighbour; church; education; in sickness and in health; public service; the media. Part 3 Economic relations after Independence: the black elite; economic constraints; wealth creation; black advancement; redressing imbalances - labour relations; the money elite; the "C" factor - corruption; agriculture.