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Title:The oil producing community identity in Nigeria: a politico-economic resource
Author:Ololajulo, BabajideISNI
Periodical:Journal of environment and culture (ISSN 1597-2755)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:group identity
social relations
petroleum extraction
Abstract:This paper examines the sociopolitical and economic issues involved in the distinction drawn between oil-producing and non oil-producing communities as categories of identification in Nigeria. Using the Ilaje people (a Yoruba subgroup) of Ondo State and particularly the Ilaje Mahin and Ilaje Ugbo communities as a case study, this paper looks at the factors of history, political economic elites and the State in identity formulation and the effects which the construction of the 'other' among a supposed homogeneous group has on the existing forms of social relationship. The paper shows that, although the advantage of the oil-producing community identity is utilized to attain political and economic height, the identity remains subordinate to a larger and inclusive Ilaje identity. Generally, the paper is a reflection on how identity is manipulated even in the local context to suit competition for resources. Bibliogr., sum. (Also published in: Journal of Environment and Culture, vol. 7, no. 1 (2010), p. 57-78.) [Journal abstract]