Urban citizenship in Africa South of the Sahara

Comments on Maarten Prak's Citizens without Nations


  • Cathérine Coquery-Vidrovitch University Paris-7




africa, citizenship


This article argues that the defining features of urban citizenship as described by Maarten Prak for Europe, Asia and the Americas, were also present in the cities that emerged in Africa south of the Sahara well before the colonial era. It discusses the forms that citizenship in Africa took, paying special attention to the question whom were qualified as citizens.


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Author Biography

Cathérine Coquery-Vidrovitch, University Paris-7

Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch is Professor emerita of modern African History, University Paris-7. Adjunct Professor, Binghamton University, SUNY, 1981-2005. She  trained a large number of African historians. Four of her books were translated in English: Africa South of the Sahara, Endurance and Change, 1987; African Women, a Modern History, 1998; The History of African Cities South of the Sahara. From the Origins to Colonization, 2006 (selected by Choice, best books of the year). Africa and the Africans in the 19th century. A Turbulent History 2009. Her last book : Les routes de l’esclavage africain, 2018. Albin Michel ASA (African Studies Association) Distinguished Africanist Award 1999.




How to Cite

Coquery-Vidrovitch, C. (2020). Urban citizenship in Africa South of the Sahara: Comments on Maarten Prak’s Citizens without Nations. TSEG - The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History, 17(3), 109–120. https://doi.org/10.18352/tseg.1168



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