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The Nubians of Kenya and the emancipatory potential of collective recognition

Balaton-Chrimes, Samantha 2011, The Nubians of Kenya and the emancipatory potential of collective recognition, Australasian review of African studies, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 12-31.

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Title The Nubians of Kenya and the emancipatory potential of collective recognition
Author(s) Balaton-Chrimes, Samantha
Journal name Australasian review of African studies
Volume number 32
Issue number 1
Start page 12
End page 31
Total pages 20
Publisher African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2011-06
ISSN 1447-8420
Keyword(s) recognition
Kenya
Nubian
politics
Summary The Nubians in Kenya, a community who have in the past been considered stateless, have recently begun to emerge from their marginal status in the country. Over the past two years, as individuals Nubians have had improved access to ID cards and as a group they received a code in the 2009 census. However these political gains are only part of a greater struggle on the part of the community to be fully recognized as a tribe of Kenya. Identity politics and claims for recognition dominate social politics in many African countries, however the normative underpinnings of these complex and often challenging claims are yet to be fully explored in the African context. Drawing on seven months of qualitative fieldwork, this article explores the emancipatory potential of collective recognition. By articulating a positive vision of the moral and political value of ethnic community, the article makes a critical contribution to theory of the politics of recognition in the African context.
Language eng
Field of Research 160602 Citizenship
160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
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, African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30059934

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