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People and Society, Social Structure

Zimbabwe still bears signs of its colonial past. The white population, which represents only 1 percent of the country’s total population, forms a distinct group enjoying a high standard of living; whites control larger amounts of land than blacks and most of the country’s private businesses. However, black middle and upper classes are developing. In rural communities, traditional chiefs were accorded considerable power by the colonial authorities but now retain little more than social prestige.

 

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