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The chief, the youth and the plantation: communal politics in southern Nigeria

von Hellermann, Pauline. 2010. The chief, the youth and the plantation: communal politics in southern Nigeria. Journal of Modern African Studies, 48(2), pp. 259-283. ISSN 0022-278X [Article]

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In August 2006 the chief of Udo, a small town in Edo State, Nigeria, was deposed and the town taken over by the ‘youth’. This event presents the classic fall of a ‘big man’ who had lost support, but also involved long-standing chieftaincy rivalries, electoral competition in the run up to the 2007 elections, and conflict over a nearby oil palm and rubber plantation. Through an examination of Udo’s crisis, this paper engages with three key questions concerning contemporary communal politics in southern Nigeria: the manifestations of patrimonial power and resistance to it ; the meaning and role of ‘youth’ ; and the impact of expatriate capital.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022278X10000236

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology
Research Office > REF2014

Dates:

DateEvent
June 2010Published

Item ID:

8074

Date Deposited:

16 May 2013 12:32

Last Modified:

16 Jun 2017 12:57

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/8074

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