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Learning, Philosophy, and African Citizenship

Palgrave Macmillan
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  • Provides you rigorous theories and engaging lived experiences of citizenship and learning

  • Includes original insights on how people in rural Africa define “citizenship”

  • Provides contributions from researchers from the global South based on their extensive fieldwork

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: Learning, Philosophy and African Citizenship

    • Katariina Holma, Tiina Kontinen
    Pages 1-16Open Access
  3. Citizenship Learning: Contextual, Material and Political

    • Tiina Kontinen, Katariina Holma
    Pages 17-38Open Access
  4. Mimetic Challenges of Learning to Be a Democratic Citizen

    • Hanna-Maija Huhtala
    Pages 59-76Open Access
  5. Communities and Habits of Citizenship: Everyday Participation in Kondoa, Tanzania

    • Ajali M. Nguyahambi, Tiina Kontinen
    Pages 115-134Open Access
  6. Learning Economic Citizenship Among Rural Women: Village Saving Groups in Western Uganda

    • Karembe F. Ahimbisibwe, Alice N. Ndidde
    Pages 155-175Open Access
  7. Learning Marriage Ideals and Gendered Citizenship in “God-Fearing” Uganda

    • Henni Alava, Janet Amito, Rom Lawrence
    Pages 177-196Open Access
  8. Climbing the Ladder? Community Perspectives on Learning to Be a Good Citizen in Uganda

    • Twine H. Bananuka, Tiina Kontinen, Katariina Holma
    Pages 197-213Open Access
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 215-221

About this book

The book addresses the compelling questions concerning the ideals of African citizenship, the processes of learning to fulfill these ideals, and possibilities of education in fostering citizenship. Rather than advocating for one particular framework, the authors demonstrate the continuously contested nature of the concept of citizenship as both theoretically discussed by philosophers and practically experienced in daily lives. The monograph combines, in an unconventional way, selected philosophical accounts and everyday experiences from certain locations in Tanzania and Uganda. It provides contributions from philosophical ideas drawing on scholars such as Chantal Mouffe, Rosi Braidotti, Theodor Adorno and Étienne Balibar on one hand, and the conceptions articulated by groups of inhabitants of rural and urban settings in Africa, on the other hand. Therefore, the book offers fresh readings under the lenses of citizenship and learning.

This is an open access book.


  • Citizenship
  • Africa
  • African Studies
  • Development
  • International development
  • Open Access


"This volume offers a fascinating blend of theory and case studies, ranging from Étienne Balibar to realities in Tanzania and Uganda, thereby offering a wide range of thought-provoking reflections and local insights. The explorations into the nature and practice of citizenship and in particular the role of citizenship education for the reproduction of societies add great value through new perspectives to African and Development Studies." ( —Prof Dr. Henning Melber, University of Pretoria and University of the Free State, President of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI).)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland

    Katariina Holma

  • University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland

    Tiina Kontinen

About the editors

Katariina Holma is Professor of Education and the Head of the Research Unit at the University of Oulu, Finland.

Tiina Kontinen is Associate Professor in International Development Studies, and Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Learning, Philosophy, and African Citizenship

  • Editors: Katariina Holma, Tiina Kontinen

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science and International Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-94881-8Published: 04 May 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-94884-9Published: 04 May 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-94882-5Published: 03 May 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 221

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: African Politics

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)