Nigerian Chiefs: Traditional Power in Modern Politics, 1890s-1990s

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University Rochester Press, 2006 - 293 pages
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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 and postcolonial 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 of Third World Studies.
 

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Indirect Rule in Oyo Province
22
Chieftaincy and Political Reforms in Late Colonialism
44
The Politics of Decolonization
69
Chieftaincy and the Crisis of Regionalism
96
Chieftaincy Regionalism
120
The Rationalization
138
The Politicians Interregnum
155
The Return of Military Rule
194
Conclusion
210
Bibliography
259
Index
279
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