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Title:Movement as mediation: envisioning a divided Nigerian city
Authors:Trovalla, UlrikaISNI
Adetula, VictorISNI
Trovalla, Eric
Year:2014
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies (ISSN 1459-9465)
Volume:23
Issue:2
Pages:66-82
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:urban population
boundaries
mobility
urban sociology
Link:http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol23num2/trovalla_adetula_trovalla.pdf
Abstract:Since its establishment in the beginning of the twentieth century, the inhabitants of the ethnically and religiously diverse Nigerian city of Jos have inhabited very different places and travelled along opposite trails - patterns that in recent years, with an escalation of violence, have gained new dimensions. By bringing people's movements into focus, this article highlights how movement comes in different ways to mediate between people and a city in flux. Brought to light is how movement in several different modalities - fast, slow, in total arrest; clothed in Christian or Muslim attires; by car, on foot, or on horseback; assertive or explorative, in triumph as well as in fear - by mediating between people and the city, brings forth a metaphysical landscape that otherwise is hard to get hold of. In this vein, movement as a medium has become a form of 'social envisioning' - a tool for understanding and foretelling the city. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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