Home | Comment & Analysis    Thursday 1 November 2018

Re: Does Citizenship Shape Identity: A Third Culture


by Elwathig Kameir

My response to Raeiya’s article: "Does Citizenship Shape Identity: A Third Culture"! Congrats. This is really an excellent piece, expressive and reflective of how 2nd generation immigrants think of themselves and relates to a diverse new society. It’s correct that Identify, particularly for this category of immigrants, can be defined neither by citizenship nor by place of origin. It is rather acquired through cumulative life experiences and interactions with diverse communities and cultures. It is a piece of cake to adapt to, since the socialization process has unfolded in an international environment!

True, there is a "third culture". Identity is defined by ourselves, like "self-determination" is defined by one’s self! It’s a choice. The article sheds light on the concepts of *citizenship" and "identity" and provides a "3rd path" to define one’s relationship with the new complex society people have found themselves living in. However, the question of identity is not a Sudanese problem. It applies to all communities of Immigrants, with similar circumstances.

Indeed, the issue of identity has always been a burning and controversial issue, not only for immigrants but for the Sudanese at large. The question is not yet settled. Some people relate their identity to Arabs, others to Africans, while some others define their identity as Muslims. It’s still a debatable question. Therefore, even the Sudanese born-and-bred in Sudan and citizens of the country have experienced wars and bloodshed, and are poised to shed more blood in the ensuing conflict over identity.

On the same wavelength, my thesis is that integration is the methodology, or password, for making a "real force" of the "third culture* population! For a while now, I have been thinking of writing a piece on the Sudanese Diaspora. The first generation who came to North America were like the "labour migrants" to the Arab Gulf countries. Making money and building a house to return back home upon retirement was the goal. Now, however, the situation is completely different, with daughters and sons growing up in North America, they are destined to live as "citizens" and peacefully coexist in a diverse society and culture. Neither the 1st generation Immigrants, nor their families, sons, and daughters, are going back to Sudan in the foreseeable future, if ever.

Citizenship, by necessity, dictates the value and process of integration in the new environment, where rights and obligations are defined and protected by the law. Resistance to integration, under the pretext of its contradiction with an *imagined original identity", will only lead to isolation and failure!

Therefore, I am of the opinion that the 2nd generation Immigrants should direct serious efforts towards creating influence and impact within the political and social domains. One way for effective participation is to engage in the competition for executive and legislative positions at all levels of governance structures. This by no means contradicts our belonging to Sudan or our perceived identity. It is the right of everybody to define themselves culturally, socially and individually!

The views expressed in the 'Comment and Analysis' section are solely the opinions of the writers. The veracity of any claims made are the responsibility of the author not Sudan Tribune.

If you want to submit an opinion piece or an analysis please email it to comment@sudantribune.com

Sudan Tribune reserves the right to edit articles before publication. Please include your full name, relevant personal information and political affiliations.
Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

How Salva Kiir going to be remembered in South Sudan history? 2019-07-21 07:16:53 By Lul Gatkuoth Gatluak This article is focusing on Salva Kiir’s South Sudan Independence Day address, his successes, failures and most importantly, how history will judge and remember him since (...)

Why Sudanese should cautiously celebrate the political declaration? 2019-07-20 05:47:52 By Luka Biong Deng Kuol As Sudanese have every reason to celebrate the political declaration signed by the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) and Transitional Military Council (TMC), one may (...)

Change in Sudan requires consensus between civilian and armed forces 2019-07-20 05:47:42 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman Cleansing the Effects of the Systematic Demolition of the State of Sudan Over the past 30 years requires a minimum consensus agreement between the components of the (...)


Latest Press Releases

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)

Joseph Malwal Dong joined the SPLM/A -IO 2019-04-02 08:35:02 SPLM/A (IO) Press Release 1/4/2019 On Hon. Joseph Malwal Dong Joined the SPLM/A (IO) The leadership of the SPLM/A (IO) would like to seize this precious opportunity to announce to members and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.