Counting as citizens: Recognition of the Nubians in the 2009 Kenyan census

Balaton-Chrimes, Samantha 2011, Counting as citizens: Recognition of the Nubians in the 2009 Kenyan census, Ethnopolitics, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 205-218, doi: 10.1080/17449057.2011.570983.

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Title Counting as citizens: Recognition of the Nubians in the 2009 Kenyan census
Author(s) Balaton-Chrimes, SamanthaORCID iD for Balaton-Chrimes, Samantha orcid.org/0000-0002-7917-2846
Journal name Ethnopolitics
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 205
End page 218
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2011-05-17
ISSN 1744-9057
Keyword(s) Ethnicity
Politics
Kenya
Nubian
Recognition
Census
Identity politics
Summary This article uses the case of the Nubians in Kenya as an ethnic minority, and the 2009 Kenyan census as a particular form of recognition, to engage in a particular aspect of the debates surrounding the politics of recognition: the perceived competitive nature of the relationship between national and subnational groups, in this case ethnic groups. Using data obtained during a 6-month qualitative study conducted over the census period, this paper evaluates the response of some members of the Nubian community to their participation in the census, focusing on its most controversial question, ‘What tribe are you?’ The article concludes that the dynamic between ethnic and national identities and allegiances, when the former are recognized, can be the site of agency, participatory citizenship, and therefore also democratic equality, action and interaction.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17449057.2011.570983
Field of Research 160602 Citizenship
160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
160603 Comparative Government and Politics
Socio Economic Objective 940201 Civics and Citizenship
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
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