Citizenship, Active Citizenship & Social Capital in Zimbabwe: a Statistical Study
Citizenship, active citizenship, and social capital are either highly contested in, or wholly absent from, the socio-political discourse in Zimbabwe. Subsequently citizen status has become a privileged status, with government redefining citizenship in ways that exclude a range of minorities. What the risk averse “conception of civic life” and” trust‟ means for our understanding of social capital is problematic.
Zimbabweans are chary of political affiliation, but not of voting, but there is little evidence to suggest in what other ways they engage “associational life”. Although there are hundreds of non-governmental organisations and other civic initiatives, there are few reports that analyse citizens‟ activities from a social capital perspective per se. In this report through the data available we examine how Zimbabwean citizens view active citizenship and social capital.