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Author Harneit-Sievers, Axel, 1957- author.

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


Description 1 online resource (ix, 388 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Rochester studies in African history and the diaspora, 1092-5228 ; [v. 23]
Rochester studies in African history and the diaspora ; v. 23. 1092-5228
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
Summary <I>Constructions of Belonging</I> provides a history of local communities living in Southeastern Nigeria since the late nineteenth century, examining the processes that have defined, changed, and re-produced these communities. Harneit-Sievers explores both the meanings and the uses that the community members have given to their particular areas, while also looking at the processes that have shaped local communities, and have made them work and continue to be relevant, in a world dominated by the modern territorial state and by worldwide flows of people, goods, and ideas.<BR><BR> Axel Harneit-Sievers is a Research Fellow at the Center for Modern Oriental Studies, and Director of the Nigeria Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Lagos
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-376) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Igbo (African people) -- Social conditions
Community life -- Nigeria
Local government -- Nigeria
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Ethnic Studies -- African American Studies.
Community life
Igbo (African people) -- Social conditions
Local government
Ibo Volk
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2006002874
ISBN 9781580466547