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The Crisis of the State and Regionalism in West Africa

Identity, Citizenship and Conflict

edited by Charles Ukeje, Alade W. Fawole

This collection of essays critically interrogates the internal dimensions of the identity and citizenship crises at the root of the political crises of states in West Africa, and considers the steps that have been taken thus far to address them. It shows how the progressive alienation of ordinary people from the state, coupled with factors of historical identity and post-colonial citizenship are at the heart of the political crisis and conflicts in the region; and argues that these matters must be addressed if West African states are to achieve democratic nationhood.

ISBN 9782869781665 | 240 pages | 229 x 152 mm | 2005 | CODESRIA, Senegal | Paperback

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'A new generation of West African social scientists takes on a new generation of postcolonial problems and possibilities - transitional justice, regional integration and collective security, refugee flows and the complex interplay of local identities, state institutions and global forces. Theoretically informed and publicly engaged scholarship!'

Ron Kassimir, Social Science Research Council, New York

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