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Title:Everyday people, autochthony, and indigene-settler crises in Lagos commodity markets
Author:Animasawun, Gbemisola
Periodical:African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review (ISSN 2156-7263)
Geographic term:Nigeria
social life
ethnic conflicts
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/africonfpeacrevi.6.1.02
Abstract:Local markets in Nigerian cities are under-studied but ubiquitous and ancient sites of inter-ethnic conflicts and cooperation of everyday people (traders). Against the backdrop of indigene-settler conflicts in two major markets in Lagos, this study examines the causes of these conflicts, defined by the adversarial use of autochthony, their management and outcomes, and how macro-inter-ethnic relations inflect conflict and cooperation in local markets. While market leadership is a common cause of conflict, the management approaches adopted and outcomes differed in ways that reveal the impact of the macro on the micro. Also, post-conflict relations in markets underscore the utility of trade as a means of sustaining peaceful co-existence in a fractious country like Nigeria and the creativity of everyday people in peacebuilding, designing early warning systems, and conflict management. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]