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What is Civic Identity

Political Identity and Democratic Citizenship in Turbulent Times
Civic identity involves the formation and negotiation of personal and group identities as they relate to presence, role, and participation in public life. Civic identity is particularly important and a factor in civic engagement and participation in democratic deliberation. It includes experiences, beliefs, and emotions concerning membership, rights, and participation in self-governing activities.
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Ethical Implications of Identity Politics for Good Governance in 21st Century Nigeria
Essien D. Essien (University of Uyo, Nigeria)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 27
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3677-3.ch006
Contemporary empirical studies on identity question and political identity reveal that numerous political challenges revolve around the questions of identity. Identity thesis engenders a landscape of tremendous diversity and variation, which poses political problems when there is too much or too little of it. It manifests itself when there is a shift towards cultural diversity, largely due to upswing in migration and globalization. Given the multi-ethnic configuration of Nigeria characterized by heightened identity politics, a scenario of acute crisis of identity is inexorable. This study, therefore, examines why societies are today increasingly characterized by ethnic, racial, and religious diversity, which creates room for various forms of identity. Drawing upon extensive contemporary research and literature on diversity and identity politics, the study adopts qualitative descriptive methodology with content analysis curvature. Findings reveal that Nigerian political behavior, socio-economic relationship, and governance are driven by identity politics and ethnic solidarity.
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