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Citizenship, Identity and Citizenship Education in Somaliland: An Exploratory Study of Students at Amoud University

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This qualitative study used Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) to explore how university students in Somaliland construct citizenship and clan identity, how these identities influence students as they practice some of their citizenship rights, and how they manage to consolidate when these identities conflict. In addition, students’ perceptions of how education helps them develop and consolidate these identities were explored. Four focus group discussions were conducted to collect data from the participants. The findings of the study show that citizenship in Somaliland is ‘mediated’ – the clan acts as a mediator between the individual and the state. The findings also highlight how clan identity takes precedence over other identities in most of the participants’ social and political life and how it prevents the formation of strong shared identity

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