Exploring Obutyamye as Material Citizenship in Busoga Subregion, Uganda
Ahimbisibwe, K. F. (2022). Exploring Obutyamye as Material Citizenship in Busoga Subregion, Uganda. Nordic Journal of African Studies, 31(4), 329-349. https://doi.org/10.53228/njas.v31i4.962
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This article explores how being a citizen is inexorably bound up with the resources individuals own and deploy to support livelihoods in the rural locations of postcolonial states. Drawing on the works of Kabeer (2006) and Baglioni (2016), the article zooms in on how citizenship is manifestly and inescapably material in the Busoga subregion of eastern Uganda. Data for the article were collected using qualitative methods among beneficiaries of antipoverty programmes implemented by Action for Development (ACFODE), a national non-governmental organization (NGO). Findings show that, locally, citizenship is understood as obutyamye, connoting an (un)equal experience of being in, for and with the community based on what one owns. ACFODE interventions that resonate with and address the material needs of the community have crucial implications for the localised practice of citizenship. What obutyamye portends for community belonging is discussed with a focus on how NGO antipoverty initiatives both challenge and reproduce local power asymmetries related to gender and resource ownership. In conclusion, the article highlights the crucial role NGOs’ antipoverty efforts play in strengthening people’s material well-being and, potentially, their citizenship status and agency at the small scale. ...
PublisherNordic Africa Research Network
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 fundingI would like to thank Academy of Finland for funding under the project “Growth into citizenship in civil society encounters” (decisions numbers 265812 and 285815) for enabling the fieldwork.
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