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Poison and Medicine: Ethnicity, Power, and Violence in a Nigerian City, 1966 to 1986

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Overview

Ethnicity can be brought to destructive or constructive ends, depending on who mobilizes it and how it is wielded. There is abundant evidence in Africa and elsewhere of the tragically divisive influence of ethnicized politics. The constructive applications of ethnic identities, however, have received less scholarly attention. This book shows how Igbos returned and renegotiated their position in the new political and economic environment of Kano following the Nigerian Civil War of 1967 to 1970.

Kano, more than any other Nigerian city, has served as a laboratory for intercommunal conflict, as well as processes of reconciliation. By examining the political, economic, and psychological circumstances surrounding violence against Igbos, as well as the circumstances that led to a remarkably swift reconciliation in the post-war period, Anthony addresses issues of vital importance for understanding ethnic conflict not only in Nigeria, but elsewhere in Africa.

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“Recommended. Upper-division graduates and above.”–Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325070520
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 9/18/2002
  • Series: Social History of Africa Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas A. Anthony is Assistant Professor of History at Franklin and Marshall College.
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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Ethnicity Enshrined: Igbos in Hausaland

The Ironsi Regime and the Specter of "Igbo Domination": January-June 1966

Purging the North: August-October 1966

From "Savages" to "Brothers": Official Representations of the Igbo, 1966-1970

"They Will Return": The Contradictions of Abandoned Property

"I Need to Get to Kano": Post-War Migration

Rebuilding Community, 1970-1986

Conclusion: Religion and Ethnicity at Century's End

Appendix: The 1966 Disturbances

Bibliography

Index

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