Making Citizens in Africa: Ethnicity, Gender, and National Identity in Ethiopia - African Studies 125 (Hardback)
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Making Citizens in Africa: Ethnicity, Gender, and National Identity in Ethiopia - African Studies 125 (Hardback)

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Hardback 276 Pages / Published: 20/05/2013
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Smith argues that citizenship creation and expansion is a pivotal part of political contestation in Africa today. Citizenship is a powerful analytical tool 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, referring to the ways in which rights are exercised, or the effective practice of citizenship. Using data from Ethiopia and developing a historically informed study of language policy, ethnicity and gender identities, Smith 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 a focus on ethnicity, citizenship and gender, this work brings a fresh approach to Ethiopian political development and contemporary citizenship concerns across Africa.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107035317
Number of pages: 276
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 22 mm


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'Smith examines the substantial expansion of what she calls 'meaningful citizenship' in the country since the 1970s, by which she means the actual exercise of rights inscribed in formal institutions but too often ignored ... One particularly worthwhile chapter narrates the evolution of the role of ethnicity in Ethiopian politics and includes a nuanced analysis of the interaction between cultural norms and formal institutions in shaping the role of women in the country.' Nicolas van de Walle, Foreign Affairs
'Ethiopia's policies of ethnic federalism have generated a great deal of analysis and debate among scholars. Lahra Smith develops the concept of 'meaningful citizenship' to make a valuable intervention in these debates ... Smith's conception of 'meaningful citizenship' and attention to gender are valuable contributions to scholarship of Ethiopia and African politics, and her balanced accounts of Ethiopia's history and politics provide a very useful introduction for students who are new to the Ethiopian case.' Daniel Mains, African Studies Review

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