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Title:Cultural interfaces of self-determination and the rise of the neo-Biafran movement in Nigeria
Author:Onuoha, GodwinISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 0305-6244)
Volume:40
Issue:137
Pages:428-446
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Igbo
ethnic identity
self-determination
culture
politics
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056244.2013.816948
Abstract:This article examines the 'cultural repertoires' of neo-Biafran separatist Igbo groups in south-eastern Nigeria, pointing to the ways in which cultural repertoires, narratives and emblems are deployed to forge a separatist ethno-political project in a multi-ethnic state. The neo-Biafran movement reveals the robustness of political resistance and the existence of multiple frameworks through which ethno-nationalist groups resist and challenge extant power structures of the State in the quest for self-determination. The article argues that ethnic groups have the capacity to initiate their own 'cultural repertoires' in order to construct group identity, identify forms of external identity (the 'other') and shore up the boundaries of their own collective group identity. Myths of origin, narratives of the past, images and symbols are rooted in certain cultural repertoires, and are elaborated, interpreted, invented and reinvented to produce political identities that are complex and fluid in the struggle for political power. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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