Nationality/Citizenship: ambiguities and challenges for Sudan and Southern Sudan
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This article discusses the confusion surrounding the use of nationality and citizenship as legal...
This article discusses the confusion surrounding the use of nationality and citizenship as legal
synonyms and the implications of this ambiguous use on the question of equality as a societal
virtue. It first discusses the distinctions between nation and state and between nationality and
citizenship, arguing that Sudan has never been a nation-state and therefore it will be
problematic to adopt such a framework in considering post-secession challenges.
Munzoul A. M. Assal is associate professor of social anthropology and director, Graduate
Affairs Administration, University of Khartoum. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. An earlier and longer
version of this paper was published as CMI Sudan working paper No. 1 under the title: Nationality
and citizenship in Sudan after South Sudan referendum vote, 2011. I acknowledge CMI’s financial
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