Understanding women’s experiences of citizenship in Nigeria: From advocacy to research

Published: 1/Jan/2004

By Charmaine Pereira

Chapter in: Gender, Economies and Entitlements in Africa. CODESRIA Gender Series Volume 2. Dakar, CODESRIA, 2004, available at http://www.codesria.org/spip.php?article1386.

Citizenship, as the relationship of the individual to the state, has been reconstructed in feminist theorizing during the 1990s. Such work has analysed citizenship as plural and multi-layered, embodying the recognition of multiple identities and associated new claims for distributing and redistributing the rights and practices linked with citizenship (e.g. Yuval-Davis 1997; Young 1990). Whilst such work is useful for providing a general framework for understanding citizenship, there is a need to understand the realities of women’s lives in specific African contexts and use this as a starting point for developing grounded theory on citizenship.

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Themes: Discrimination, Gender
Regions: West Africa, Nigeria
Year: 2004