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International Perspectives on Youth Conflict and Development$
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Colette Daiute, Zeynep Beykont, Craig Higson-Smith, and Larry Nucci

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178425

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178425.001.0001

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Youth Movements and Youth Violence in Nigeria’s Oil Delta Region

Youth Movements and Youth Violence in Nigeria’s Oil Delta Region

(p.289) Chapter 16. Youth Movements and Youth Violence in Nigeria’s Oil Delta Region
International Perspectives on Youth Conflict and Development

Charles Ukeje

Oxford University Press

Drawing from extensive ethnographic fieldwork in the Niger Delta, this chapter describes ongoing protests of the local community against the practices of the multinational oil companies, and repression and violence of the state. It illustrates how youth movements and violence in the region have been deeply embedded in the historical, economic, and political context of Nigeria by tracing Nigeria's colonial, postcolonial military, and postmilitary civilian phases in history. Analyzing the complexities of the ongoing Nigerian conflict from the perspectives of multinational oil companies, local communities, and young people, the chapter argues that youth movements are integral to relations among diverse stakeholders of national resources in conflict with the multinational companies. It offers ideas for transforming the current inequities and lack of access to social and educational mobility, and for re-engaging youth as leaders in social issues, using nonviolent methods.

Keywords:   Nigerian youth, youth conflict, youth violence, youth movements

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