One of the major issues this book examines is what the African experience and identity have contributed to the debate on citizenship in the era of globalisation. This volume presents case studies of different African contexts, illustrating the gendered aspects of citizenship as experienced by African men and women. Citizenship carries manifold gendered aspects and given the distinct gender roles and responsibilities, globalisation affects citizenship in different ways. It further examines new forms of citizenship emerging from the current era dominated by a neoliberal focus. This book is not exclusive in terms of theorisation but its focus on African contexts, with an in-depth analysis taking into consideration local culture and practices and their implications for citizenship, provides a good foundation for further scholarly work on gender and citizenship in Africa.
Laroussi Amri is a sociologist, researcher and senior member of CODESRIA. In his writings on feminism and gender, he defends the thesis that the alternative to the current society can only be the feminine principle as demonstrated in this book and his other publications which include Les femmes soufies ou la passion de Dieu (in collaboration with Nelly Amri) (Labege : Dangles, 1992) and La femme rurale dans l’exploitation familiale : Nord-Ouest de la Tunisie – Pour une sociologie des ruptures (Paris : L’Harmattan, 2003).
Ramola Ramtohul is postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Women and Gender Studies in the Department of Jurisprudence at the University of Pretoria, South Africa ; she was previously a lecturer in Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Mauritius. She has a PhD in gender studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research interests include intersectionality and women’s political activism in plural societies, as well as women’s rights, citizenship and democracy in postcolonial contexts. She has published in the South African feminist journal AGENDA, and with CODESRIA.