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Title:Citizenship Amid Economic and Political Change in Kenya
Author:Ndegwa, Stephen N.
Periodical:Africa Today
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:political systems
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
Law, Human Rights and Violence
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4187233
Abstract:In Kenya, citizenship has been characterized by two trends. The first is the duality of citizenship that individuals hold in ethnic communities and in the nation-State and the conflictive relations this dual citizenship engenders. The second trend is reflected in Mahmood Mamdani's duality between 'citizen' and 'subject', a distinction rooted in colonial society that has shaped political relations between individuals and the postcolonial State. This article focuses on the civic realm in the modern State and examines the trajectory of political and economic rights embodied and elaborated within this arena, beginning with independence. It shows that the combination of economic and political changes in Kenya has affected citizenship by contracting economic rights and benefits just as political rights have expanded. Both of these trends, however, are far from settled and remain the subject of much contention. Notes, ref.