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Habits of contributing citizenship : Self-help groups in rural Tanzania (2020)


Kilonzo, Rehema G.; Matunga, Benta N.; Chang’a, Haji H.; Kontinen, Tiina (2020). Habits of contributing citizenship : Self-help groups in rural Tanzania. In Holma, Katariina; Kontinen, Tiina (Eds.) Practices of Citizenship in East Africa : Perspectives from Philosophical Pragmatism, Routledge Explorations in Development Studies. Abingdon: Routledge, 139-155. DOI: 10.4324/9780429279171-10


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All authors or editors: Kilonzo, Rehema G.; Matunga, Benta N.; Chang’a, Haji H.; Kontinen, Tiina

Parent publication: Practices of Citizenship in East Africa : Perspectives from Philosophical Pragmatism

Parent publication editors: Holma, Katariina; Kontinen, Tiina

ISBN: 978-0-367-23296-2

eISBN: 978-0-429-27917-1

Journal or series: Routledge Explorations in Development Studies

Publication year: 2020

Pages range: 139-155

Number of pages in the book: 258

Publisher: Routledge

Place of Publication: Abingdon

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4324/9780429279171-10

Open Access: Publication published in an open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/72152


Abstract

The chapter examines self-help groups in rural Tanzania as practices in which citizenship habits are formed. Self-help groups are referred as locally organized groups established to address the needs and challenges of the members. From the point of view of pragmatism, self-help groups provide concrete examples of a specific form of associated life and of a general human activeness in addressing shared problems. Based on interviews and focus-group discussions conducted in Kondoa district with local self-help groups, the characteristics of these practices are analyzed through three themes: the kinds of shared problems the groups address, the governance of internal interaction of the groups, and the sorts of participants included. Based on our analysis, we suggest a habit of contributing citizenship emerging out of the participation in self-help groups.


Keywords: citizenship; civic society; participation; self-help groups; peer work; rural communities

Free keywords: Tanzania


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Reporting Year: 2020

Preliminary JUFO rating: 3


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