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Imperialism and Human Rights: Colonial Discourses of Rights and Liberties in African History
     

Imperialism and Human Rights: Colonial Discourses of Rights and Liberties in African History

by Bonny Ibhawoh
 

Looks at the language of rights used by diverse interest groups in British-colonized Nigeria.

In this seminal study, Bonny Ibhawoh investigates the links between European imperialism and human rights discourses in African history. Using British-colonized Nigeria as a case study, he examines how diverse interest groups within colonial society deployed the

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Looks at the language of rights used by diverse interest groups in British-colonized Nigeria.

In this seminal study, Bonny Ibhawoh investigates the links between European imperialism and human rights discourses in African history. Using British-colonized Nigeria as a case study, he examines how diverse interest groups within colonial society deployed the language of rights and liberties to serve varied socioeconomic and political ends. Ibhawoh challenges the linear progressivism that dominates human rights scholarship by arguing that, in the colonial African context, rights discourses were not simple monolithic or progressive narratives. They served both to insulate and legitimize power just as much as they facilitated transformative processes. Drawing extensively on archival material, this book shows how the language of rights, like that of “civilization” and “modernity,” became an important part of the discourses deployed to rationalize and legitimize empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791469231
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
SUNY series in Human Rights Series
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Bonny Ibhawoh is Assistant Professor of History at McMaster University, Canada.

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