Sudan and South Sudan: identity, citizenship, and democracy in plural societies

Zambakari, Christopher (2015) Sudan and South Sudan: identity, citizenship, and democracy in plural societies. Citizenship Studies, 19 1: 69-82. doi:10.1080/13621025.2015.988481

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Author Zambakari, Christopher
Title Sudan and South Sudan: identity, citizenship, and democracy in plural societies
Journal name Citizenship Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1362-1025
Publication date 2015-01-02
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13621025.2015.988481
Open Access Status
Volume 19
Issue 1
Start page 69
End page 82
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article discusses the institutional legacy of colonialism and how that has affected citizenship in Sudan and South Sudan. It argues that the colonial project made a legal distinction, especially in how citizenship was defined. It outlines problems facing Sudan and South Sudan and the challenges in managing a diverse population. It argues that a failure to build a democratic polity by resorting to ethnic federalism will divide the country along ethnic lines and prevent the emergence of a truly inclusive nation. Finally, the article discusses an alternative solution to the political crisis facing both Sudan and South Sudan, namely citizenship and the establishment of an inclusive framework to manage diverse populations within a unified nation. The article concludes with a discussion of the New Sudan Framework by situating it within the larger debate on democratic nation-building while also discussing its alignment with regional and international law.
Keyword Citizenship
Nation building
New Sudan Framework
Political violence
Sudan, South Sudan
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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