Nigerian Chiefs: Traditional Power in Modern Politics, 1890s-1990s (Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora #7) (Paperback)

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Nigerian Chiefs: Traditional Power in Modern Politics, 1890s-1990s (Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora #7) (Paperback)

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An analysis of how traditional power structures in Nigeria have survived the forces of colonialism and the modernization processes of postcolonial regimes.

This book analyzes how indigenous political power structures in Nigeria survived both the constricting forces of colonialism and the modernization programs of postcolonial regimes. With twenty detailed case studies on colonial andpostcolonial Nigerian history, the complex interactions between chieftaincy structures and the rapidly shifting sociopolitical and economic conditions of the twentieth century become evident. Drawing on the interactions between the state and chieftaincy, this study goes beyond earlier Africanist scholarship that attributes the resilience of these indigenous structures to their enduring normative and utilitarian qualities. Linked to externally-derived forces, and legitimated by neotraditional themes, chieftaincy structures were distorted by the indirect rule system, transformed by competing communal claims, and legitimated a dominant ethno-regional power configuration.

Olufemi Vaughan is Professor in the Department of Africana Studies and the Department of History, State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Winner of the 2001 Cecil B. Currey Book-length Award from the Association ofThird World Studies.
Product Details ISBN: 9781580462495
ISBN-10: 1580462499
Publisher: University of Rochester Press
Publication Date: August 25th, 2006
Pages: 310
Language: English
Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora