Yorùbá Elites and Ethnic Politics in Nigeria: ?báfemi Awólowo and Corporate Agency

Yorùbá Elites and Ethnic Politics in Nigeria: ?báfemi Awólowo and Corporate Agency

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Wale Adebanwi
Cambridge University Press, 3/31/2014
EAN 9781107054226, ISBN10: 1107054222

Hardcover, 312 pages, 23.5 x 15.7 x 2 cm
Language: English

Yorùbá Elites and Ethnic Politics in Nigeria investigates the dynamics and challenges of ethnicity and elite politics in Nigeria, Africa's largest democracy. Wale Adebanwi demonstrates how the corporate agency of the elite transformed the modern history and politics of one of Africa's largest ethnic groups, the Yorùbá. The argument is organized around the ideas and cultural representations of Ọbáfemi Awólowo, the central signifier of modern Yorùbá culture. Through the narration and analysis of material, non-material and interactional phenomena - such as political party and ethnic group organization, cultural politics, democratic struggle, personal ambitions, group solidarity, death, memory and commemoration - this book examines the foundations of the legitimacy of the Yorùbá political elite. Using historical sociology and ethnographic research, Adebanwi takes readers into the hitherto unexplored undercurrents of one of the most powerful and progressive elite groups in Africa, tracing its internal and external struggles for power.

Part I
1. Elite agency
the making of the modern progenitor
2. The secular ancestor
the political life of a dead leader
Part II
3. The politics of heritage
(re)constitution, conservation and corporateness in Yorùbá politics
4. The mantle of Awo
the politics of succession
5. Reconciliation and retrenchment
6. How (not) to be a proper Yorùbá
7. Seizing the heritage
playing proper Yorùbá in an age of uncertainty
corporate agency and ethnic politics.