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Title:Networks of violence and becoming: youth and the politics of patronage in Nigeria's oil-rich Delta
Author:Iwilade, AkinISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Geographic term:Nigeria
youth gangs
social networks
Niger Delta conflict
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43302117
Abstract:This article argues that access to clientelistic networks is central to the ability of youth to engage in violent activities in Nigeria's oil-rich Delta. Even though the literature has demonstrated that the contradictions of oil wealth and economic neglect provide the backdrop for conflict in the region, the actual channels through which it becomes possible to activate incentives for violence have not been properly addressed. It also points out that a fixation on the narrative of resistance has undermined the ability to engage with other critical variables such as social codes of masculinity, survival and 'becoming' which play very central roles in animating violent networks in the region. Drawing evidence from interview data, the article uses the lived experiences of 'ex-militants' to highlight these points as well as to raise questions about the applications of neopatrimonial theory to governance projects in African states. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]