Training for Model Citizenship

An Ethnography of Civic Education and State-Making in Rwanda

  • Molly Sundberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 265-276

About this book


This book provides an ethnography of a state-run civic education program based in a local neighborhood in Rwanda. In 2007, the Rwandan government launched a nationwide program, called Itorero, to teach all inhabitants about its vision of the model Rwandan citizen. Today, this ideal is pursued through remote training camps, village assemblies, and everyday forms of government. Based on ethnographic research of the life and workings of Itorero camps and the daily government of a local neighborhood in Kigali, this book asks how such a pursuit has come to affect Rwandans’ relation to the state and what it may tell us about modern forms of authoritarian rule. 


Authoritarian Rule Government Development Post-Conflict Citizenship Civic Education Rwanda Kigali

Authors and affiliations

  • Molly Sundberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Uppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-58421-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-58422-9
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