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Nation as Grand Narrative offers a methodical analysis of how relations of domination and subordination are conveyed through media narratives of nationhood. Using the typical postcolonial state of Nigeria as a template and engaging with disciplines ranging from media studies, political science, and social theory to historical sociology and hermeneutics, Wale Adebanwi examines how the nation as grand narrative provides a critical interpretive lens through which competition among ethnic, ethnoregional, and ethnoreligious groups can be analyzed. Adebanwi illustrates how meaning is connected to power through ideology in the struggles enacted on the pages of the print media over diverse issues including federalism, democracy and democratization, religion, majority-minority ethnic relations, space and territoriality, self-determination, and threat of secession. Nation as Grand Narrative will trigger further critical reflections on the articulation of relations of domination in the context of postcolonial grand narratives.Wale Adebanwi is associate professor of African American and African studies, University of California-Davis, and a visiting professor at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.
|Publisher:||Boydell & Brewer, Limited|
|Series:||Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora Series , #70|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)|
Table of ContentsList of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsNation as Grand NarrataiveInterpretive Theory, Narrative, and the Politics of MeaningIn Search of a Grand Narrative: The Press and the Ethno-Regional Struggle for Political IndependenceHegemony and Ethno-Spatial Politics: "Nationalizing" the Capital City in the Late-Colonial EraPaper Soldiers: Narratives of Nationhood and Federalism in Pre-Civil War NigeriaRepresenting the Nation: Electoral Crisis and the Collapse of the Third RepublicThe "Fought" Republic: The Press, Ethno-Religious Conflicts, and Democratic EthosNarratives, Territoriality, and Majority-Minority Ethnic ViolenceNarratives, Oil, and the Spatial Politics of Marginal IdentitiesConclusion: Beyond Grand NarrativesNotesBibliographyIndex