Women’s Multifaceted Citizenship : Identity, Belonging and Spaces of Participation in Rural Uganda
Del Castillo Munera, L., & Ndidde, A. N. (2022). Women’s Multifaceted Citizenship : Identity, Belonging and Spaces of Participation in Rural Uganda. Nordic Journal of African Studies, 31(4), 309-328. https://doi.org/10.53228/njas.v31i4.961
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This article analyses manifestations of women’s citizenship in diverse spaces of everyday participation in the rural districts of Kiboga and Namutumba in Uganda. Building on citizenship studies scholarship, we propose the notion of multifaceted citizenship, which ‘takes place’ in the same spaces of participation as processes of identity formation and belonging. Thus, our article also explores how identities and belonging manifest in spaces of participation. Drawing on content analysis of 50 qualitative interviews, we begin by investigating the spaces of participation that are experienced as meaningful by women. We then classify identities into five main categories: active resident, member, role model, leader, and wife. Finally, we identify two categories of belonging: personal and community belonging. In conclusion, we suggest that exploring citizenship through women’s own experiences in spaces of meaningful participation provides a fruitful approach to understanding the dynamics of gendered citizenship at the grassroots level. ...
PublisherNordic Association of African Studies
ISSN Search the Publication Forum1235-4481
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Academy Project, AoF
Additional information about fundingWe also acknowledge support from Makerere University (Uganda) and funding from the Academy of Finland under the research project “Growth into citizenship in civil society encounters” (2015-2019) with decision numbers 285812 and 285815.
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