Emma Hunter

Emma Hunter is a lecturer in African history at the University of Edinburgh. Previously, she was a lecturer in history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. She is the author of Political Thought and the Public Sphere in Tanzania: Freedom, Democracy and Citizenship in the Era of Decolonization.

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Citizenship, Belonging, and Political Community in Africa · Dialogues between Past and Present
Edited by Emma Hunter

Africa, it is often said, is suffering from a crisis of citizenship. At the heart of the contemporary debates this apparent crisis has provoked lie dynamic relations between the present and the past, between political theory and political practice, and between legal categories and lived experience. Yet studies of citizenship in Africa have often tended to foreshorten historical time and privilege the present at the expense of the deeper past.

“This edited volume offers an important contribution to the study of citizenship and community in colonial and early post-colonial Africa. The volume’s thematic and geographical diversity are a testament to the richness of the field, and several contributors offer examples and methods for a more sophisticated reading of the continent’s contentious political history.”

James R. Brennan, author of Taifa: Making Nation and Race in Urban Tanzania