Challenging the State in Africa

ab 24,90 

Godwin Onuoha

MASSOB and the Crisis of Self-Determination in Nigeria

ISBN 978-3-643-90100-2
Band-Nr. 4
Jahr 2011
Seiten 216
Bindung broschiert
Reihe African Politics/Politiques Africaines/Afrikanische Politik


Nigeria’s return to civilian rule on 29 May 1999 has been marked by
interstices of democratic gains and unprecedented levels of violence,
tension and insecurity. Challenging the State in Africa critically
analyses the emergence of the Movement for the Actualization of the
Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and its quest for self-determination in
Africa’s most populous country and largest multi-ethnic state. Drawing on
a multi-disciplinary framework, this study opens up new vistas to the
connections between the absence or limited notion of citizenship (rights)
and political violence in Africa. It focuses on the notion of
citizenship-deficit and a critical analysis of the ways in which the gap
between alienated citizens and the Nigerian state widens social cleavages,
fuels alienation and politicizes identities.