Ethnicity, Citizenship and State in Eastern Africa

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African Books Collective, 2011 - Political Science - 150 pages
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This volume, from an Africa perspective, examines the relationship between ethnicity and citizenship within the framework of nation-state. Its objective and scope engage relational aspects of political integration, awaken public conscience, and motivate civic engagement. It provides a platform that could be considered prerequisite for political transformation. Such a framework is indispensable not only for challenging the politics of exclusion and marginalization, but also for reconstructing fractured social relationships. The test of its validity and relevancy is not whether it accounts for particular traditions, but whether it provides a framework through which we can comprehend the dynamics of ethnic identities as an avenue for promoting participatory governance and democratic accountability. An interdisciplinary study of this kind brings forth practical and theoretical contributions to the evolving concepts of ethnicity and citizenship.
 

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Contents

Institutionalization of Ethnicity
1
2 Politicization of Ethnic Identities
13
3 Ethnic Diversity and Political Integration
37
4 Ethnicity Citizenship and SelfDetermination
66
5 Religion Politics and Civil Society
91
6 Foundations of Political Integration
119
Bibliography
143
Back cover
153
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