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Title:The Nigerian urban motor park as a violence stereotyped space
Author:Ademowo, Adeyemi J.
Periodical:Journal of environment and culture (ISSN 1597-2755)
Geographic term:Nigeria
road transport
social conflicts
urban areas
Abstract:Nigeria's urban motor park spaces are unique locations that service the transportation, market, social and cultural needs of their users. This space is stereotyped as violence-infested. This paper attempts to find out why. Basing itself on fieldwork carried out in 2008/2009 on the Ojoo motor park in Ibadan and various other parks in this city, it shows that the cosmological origin of Ojoo motor park has nothing to do with the current park crisis. The competition among drivers and market men and women for resources and power as well as the struggle to represent various interest groups - particularly unions - are mere attempts geared towards possible access to 'food'. The paper concludes that the inability of the public to acknowledge the existence of an internal mechanism through which the park's ruptured social interactions are managed shows that the stereotypification of the urban motor park is unwarranted, prejudiced and, hence, needs reconsideration. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]