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Making Citizens in Africa
Ethnicity, Gender, and National Identity in Ethiopia

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Part of African Studies

  • Date Published: May 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107610385

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  • Making Citizens in Africa argues that citizenship creation and expansion is a pivotal part of political contestation in Africa today. Citizenship is a powerful analytical tool with which to approach political life in contemporary Africa because the institutional and structural reforms of the past two decades have been inextricably linked with the battle over the “right to have rights.” Professor Lahra Smith's work advances the notion of meaningful citizenship, which refers to the way in which rights are exercised, or the effective practice of citizenship. Using data from Ethiopia and developing a historically informed and empirically nuanced study of language policy and ethnicity and gender identities, this book analyzes the contestation over citizenship that engages the state, social movements, and individuals in substantive ways. By combining original data on language policy in contemporary Ethiopia with detailed historical study and an analytical focus on ethnicity, citizenship, and gender, this work not only brings a fresh approach to Ethiopian political development but also to contemporary citizenship concerns relevant to other parts of Africa.

    • Up-to-date study of contemporary politics in Ethiopia contributing to the study of citizenship in democratizing states
    • New data on language policy, women and ethnicity in Africa, especially Ethiopia
    • Unique focus on women and cultural rights in the African context
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    • Date Published: May 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107610385
    • length: 275 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 3 maps 3 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. The Challenge: Unequal Citizenship:
    1. Comparative perspectives on citizen-creation in Africa
    2. The historical context for modern Ethiopian citizenship
    Part II. The Response: The State and Its Citizens:
    3. Popular responses to unequal citizenship
    4. A referendum on ethnic identity and the claims of citizenship
    5. No going back on self-determination for the Oromo
    6. Ethiopian women and citizenship rights deferred
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Lahra Smith, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Lahra Smith is Assistant Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She has written extensively on ethnic identity, elections and political reform, and gender and politics in Africa. Her research has been published in The Journal of Modern African Studies, Democratization and policy briefs for organizations such as the United States Institute of Peace. She has received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright-Hays program. In 2010 she was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Ethnicity and Multicultural Citizenship at Queen's University, Canada. She has also worked for USAID in Kenya and Ethiopia.

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