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Constructions of belonging : Igbo communities and the Nigerian state in the twentieth century

Author: Axel Harneit-Sievers
Publisher: Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2006.
Series: Rochester studies in African history and the diaspora, v. 23.
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"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
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Axel Harneit-Sievers
ISBN: 1580461670 9781580461672
OCLC Number: 63472562
Description: ix, 388 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. I. Igboland : the historical and ethnographic evidence. The Igbo local community : historical and anthropological approaches --
Trans-local connections and precolonial spheres of influence : Nri "hegemony" and Arochukwu --
pt. II. Creating community from outside. Drawing boundaries, making chiefs : the colonial state --
"Town people" and "church people" : the impact of Christianity --
Making a larger community : Igbo ethnicity --
Federalism and fear : impact of postcolonial state and society since the 1970s --
pt. III. Creating community from within. Institutionalizing community I : town unions --
Institutionalizing community II : traditional rulers and autonomous communities --
Reconceptualizing community : local histories --
pt. IV. Common themes, diverse histories : three local case studies --
The politics of competition and fragmentation : Umuopara and Ohuhu --
"History" as politics by other means : Enugwu-ukwu in Umunri clan --
Post-slavery and marginalization : Nike.
Series Title: Rochester studies in African history and the diaspora, v. 23.
Responsibility: Axel Harneit-Sievers.
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