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Constructions of Belonging : Igbo Communities and the Nigerian State in the Twentieth Century - Axel Harneit-Sievers

Constructions of Belonging

Igbo Communities and the Nigerian State in the Twentieth Century

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The international system for the development and distribution of life saving vaccines to the children of the poorest countries has never functioned adequately. While the heaviest burden of infectious disease is found in the South, it is the market in the North that determines which diseases are targeted for vaccine development, based upon the price that can be expected in the Industrial world. There have been a number of attempts in recent years to radically shake-up and reorganize the dis-articulated international immunization 'system,' and this book looks in depth at the most promising and innovative of them. The book deals with the pioneering work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Children's Vaccine Program (CVP), and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) which it helped to form, and their attempt to achieve equity between the North and the South in their ability to access modern vaccines In addition, this study endeavors to give the reader a clear, insider's view of the difficulties faced by those who try to translate ideals and humanitarian aspirations into effective action in the real world. Those dedicated to selfless Good Works, no less than those concerned with every day self-aggrandizement, must contend with the intricacies of individual, organizational, and national politics, that stand between noble intentions and effective public policy. William Muraskin is Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College, CUNY.

Anyone wanting sources on the Igbo and the intellectual and cultural context of these works, and hard to find information about their authors, will find this book invaluable. However one delimits this region . . . tracing the continuities from precolonial to the present is a worthy and immensely difficult scholarly task. This work, drawing on multidisciplinary studies, is a brilliant contribution to Igno and Nigerian studies. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORICAL STUDIES [Michael D. Levin]

In this major contribution to African studies, the author, an Igbo expert, traces the course of local communities in southeastern Nigeria from the pre-colonial period through colonial times, and the post-colonial era to the present. The author brilliantly explains how these communities adjusted again and again with surprising vitality to the changes attempted by British colonial governments and the modern Nigerian state, arguing convincingly that despite urbanization, Christianity, and modernity, the many hundreds of local Igbo communities have thrived in a population of some fifteen million today. The author systemically explains how these communities have exhibited flexibility to changing external forces as active participants and not merely as reactors to new conditions. Harneit-Sievers skillfully combines anthropology, history, religion, and politics to provide the long view of how a people sharing a major African culture have lived in social cooperation over time in the changing African world. --Simon Ottenberg, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Washington

Informed by a profound reading of social theory, historian Axel Harneit-Sievers -- who knows the Igbo inside-out -- integrates the best elements of apparently conflicting modes of analysis, avoiding the customary pitfalls in the scholarly discourse about the Igbo. The result is a book -- as sophisticated as it is accessible -- that paints a candid portrait of a complicated people negotiating tremendous challenges during a period of dizzying changes. --G. Ugo Nwokeji, Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora History, University of California, Berkeley

An exhaustive study that covers virtually everything that is of significance in Igbo ethnography and development. The author is to be congratulated for producing what is likely to be the most comprehensive and authoritative work on Igbo identity for some time to come. AFRICAN AFFAIRS

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Notes on Orthography and Place Namesp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Igboland: The Historical and Ethnographic Evidencep. 15
The Igbo Local Community: Historical and Anthropological Approachesp. 19
Trans-local Connections and Precolonial Spheres of Influence: Nri "Hegemony" and Arochukwup. 43
Creating Community from Outsidep. 65
Drawing Boundaries, Making Chiefs: The Colonial Statep. 69
"Town People" and "Church People": The Impact of Christianityp. 91
Making a Larger Community: Igbo Ethnicityp. 111
Federalism and Fear: Impact of Postcolonial State and Society since the 1970sp. 132
Creating Community from Withinp. 149
Institutionalizing Community I: Town Unionsp. 151
Institutionalizing Community II: Traditional Rulers and Autonomous Communitiesp. 171
Reconceptualizing Community: Local Historiesp. 193
Common Themes, Diverse Histories: Three Local Case Studiesp. 213
The Politics of Competition and Fragmentation: Umuopara and Ohuhup. 215
"History" as Politics by Other Means: Enugwu-Ukwu in Umunri Clanp. 234
Post-slavery and Marginalization: Nikep. 258
Conclusion: Making the Igbo "Town" in the Twentieth Centuryp. 281
Notesp. 297
Sources and Bibliographyp. 343
Indexp. 377
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ISBN: 9781580461672
ISBN-10: 1580461670
Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 399
Published: 1st July 2006
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.79