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Title:White-Collar Fundamentalism: Interrogating Youth Religiosity on Nigerian University Campuses
Author:Obadare, EbenezerISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume:45
Issue:4
Period:December
Pages:517-537
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:fundamentalism
Islam
Christianity
youth
students
Religion and Witchcraft
Education and Oral Traditions
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=46EA97D64302959FF796
Abstract:Home historically to a politically engaged youth sector, Nigeria has, over the past two decades, witnessed a growing incidence of religious extremism involving educated youth, especially within university campuses. For all its important ramifications, and despite the continued infusion of social and political activity in the country by religious impulse, this phenomenon has yet to receive a systematic or coherent treatment in the relevant literature. This paper aims to locate youthful angst displayed by Nigerian university students within the context of postcolonial anomie and the attendant immiseration of civil society. Youth religious extremism on Nigerian campuses reflects both young people's frustration with national processes, and their perceived alienation from modernity's 'cosmopolitan conversation'. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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