The Politicization of Ethnicity as Source of Conflict

The Nigerian Situation

  • Ademola Adediji

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-12
  2. Ademola Adediji
    Pages 13-41
  3. Ademola Adediji
    Pages 119-182
  4. Ademola Adediji
    Pages 499-520
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 521-541

About this book


In view of the explosion of violent conflicts in many parts of the world and the hasty, but prevailing, assumption that ethnicity is the source of these conflicts, this book is encompassed to highlight, describe and examine how ethnicity is politicized in many of these current conflicts. By deploying the instrumentalist approach and the theory of identity and difference in ethnicity, the author identifies the actors involved and depicts how religion is exploited as an instrument of division by reflecting it on the Nigerian situation, exploring the examples of the Jos conflicts and the Warri Crisis within a twenty years period, 1990 to 2010.

The Contents

  • The Dynamics of the Politicization of Ethnicity as the Cause of Conflicts in Nigeria
  • Religious Crises: Shedding of Blood, Killings and Terrorism in God’s Name
  • The Politics of Terror and Islamization Process of Boko Haram
  • Multinational Firms and Conflicts: Failure of Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Case Studies: Introduction of Contemporary Jos Conflicts and Warri Crises

Target Groups

  • Lecturers and students of Political Science, Conflict Studies, International Relations, Religious Studies, Ethnology, African Studies, Governance, Migration Studies, Economics and History
  • Employees of International Organizations: United Nations (UN), OECD, the Commonwealth, GIZ, Conflict and Peace NGOs, Religious Institutions

The Author

Ademola Adediji is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of International Relations and European Affairs at the University of Cologne.




Colonialism Environmental Degradation Resource Curse thesis Rentier state theory Terrorism Boko Haram Multinational Oil Corporations (MNOCs)

Authors and affiliations

  • Ademola Adediji
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität KölnKölnGermany

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