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Author Harneit-Sievers, Axel, 1957-

Title Constructions of belonging : Igbo communities and the Nigerian state in the twentieth century / Axel Harneit-Sievers.

Published Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.896332 HARN    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 388 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Series Rochester studies in African history and the diaspora, 1092-5228 ; [v. 23]
Rochester studies in African history and the diaspora. 1092-5228 ; v. 23.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-376) and index.
Contents 1. The Igbo local community : historical and anthropological approaches -- 2. Trans-local connections and precolonial spheres of influence : Nri "hegemony" and Arochukwu -- 3. Drawing boundaries, making chiefs : the colonial state -- 4. "Town people" and "church people" : the impact of Christianity -- 5. Making a larger community : Igbo ethnicity -- 6. Federalism and fear : impact of postcolonial state and society since the 1970s -- 7. Institutionalizing community I : town unions -- 8. Institutionalizing community II : traditional rulers and autonomous communities -- 9. Reconceptualizing community : local histories -- 10. The politics of competition and fragmentation : Umuopara and Ohuhu -- 11. "History" as politics by other means : Enugwu-Ukwu in Umunri Clan -- 12. Post-slavery and marginalization : Nike -- Conclusion : making the Igbo "town" in the twentieth century.
Summary "In times of globalization, the study of "the local" has gained relevance. Once a seemingly unproblematic concept of the unit within which everyday life is set, the local can no longer be taken for granted. It has to be analyzed as a result of historical change. African studies have long focused on local communities and their respective peculiarities and traditions, sometimes reifying their very character. In recent years, African history and anthropology deconstructed many old core concepts: ethnicity, community, and the state." "Constructions of Belonging applies these new approaches to the study of local communities in the Igbo-speaking areas of Southeastern Nigeria from the late nineteenth century to the present. Combining regional history with local case studies, the book analyzes interactions between localities and the modern state."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Igbo (African people) -- Social conditions.
Community life -- Nigeria.
Local government -- Nigeria.
Standard Number 9781580461672
ISBN 1580461670 (hardcover : alk. paper)