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Statelessness, identity cards and citizenship as status in the case of the Nubians of Kenya

Balaton-Chrimes, Samantha 2014, Statelessness, identity cards and citizenship as status in the case of the Nubians of Kenya, Citizenship Studies, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 15-28, doi: 10.1080/13621025.2014.865892.

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Title Statelessness, identity cards and citizenship as status in the case of the Nubians of Kenya
Author(s) Balaton-Chrimes, Samantha
Journal name Citizenship Studies
Volume number 18
Issue number 1
Start page 15
End page 28
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1362-1025
1469-3593
Keyword(s) stateless
identity
lLegal status
citizenship
xenophobia
rights
Summary Statelessness as a legal and political problem has attracted increasing attention from scholars and international advocacy organisations in recent years. This attention has predominantly focussed on the legal aspects of statelessness, and has generally held the acquisition of citizenship documentation as the primary goal in remedying citizenship deprivation. This article explores the merits of this focus through a case study of the Nubians of Kenya, widely considered stateless until recently. The article connects the focus on citizenship as documented status to a liberal conception of citizenship. The article identifies the ways in which this approach is helpful, that is, as a means of pursuing legal status and possession of individual rights. It then goes on to identify more important ways in which a liberal conception of citizenship falls short of accounting for the Nubians’ citizenship problems by neglecting the more collective dimensions of citizenship practice and recognition.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13621025.2014.865892
Field of Research 160602 Citizenship
Socio Economic Objective 940201 Civics and Citizenship
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061194

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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