Rethinking the Social Sciences with Sam Moyo
This book brings together renowned scholars from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas to celebrate the lifelong and seminal contribution of Professor Sam Moyo to the social sciences. Sam Moyo was a Zimbabwean scholar whose intellectual trajectory was part and parcel of the emergence of a critical scholarship from the 1970s onwards based on the realities and intellectual traditions of Africa and the Third World. His work influenced the global research agenda on diverse issues related to Africa and the South. He was a protagonist in the renewal of the pan-Africanist tradition of political economy from the 1990s onwards and actively defended the importance of research on land and agrarian questions at a time when such issues were being neglected. He went on to become a leading force in the creation of a South–South dynamic in research collaboration in the 2000s, in defence of the intellectual autonomy of the South. Professor Moyo conducted research on a wide variety of issues throughout his life, including land and agrarian questions in Africa, economic structural adjustment programmes, problems of agricultural productivity and environmental change, social movements under neoliberalism, and national questions in the South. The contributors to this book address this whole range of issues raised by Moyo, based on their own research and in the spirit of dialogue with brother Sam.
Professor Sam Moyo was born in Zimbabwe under the Rhodesian rule and received higher education in West Africa in the 1970s. He went on to study in Canada and the United Kingdom, before returning to Zimbabwe in the early 1980s. His intellectual formation was based on the pan-Africanist intellectual tradition and remained in firm solidarity with the aspirations of national liberation and development shared among the peoples of the South. Professor Moyo’s central concerns were the land and agrarian questions in Africa and the South and their relationship to national liberation and development. Yet, there was virtually no development issue that would not detain him and, in fact, he spearheaded research on a wide variety of issues, including economic structural adjustment programmes, problems of agricultural productivity and environmental change, social movements under neoliberalism, and national questions in the South. Moyo was an institution builder in Zimbabwe, Africa and across the South. Among his many achievements, he founded the African Institute for Agrarian Studies in Harare, of which he was executive director (2002–15), served as vice-president (1995–98) and president (2008–11) of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), and was founding editor-in-chief of the tri-continental periodical publication Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy (launched in 2012).