The Changing Forms of Identity Politics in Nigeria under Economic Adjustment: The Case of the Oil Minorities Movement of the Niger Delta

Synopsis

The Niger delta region of Nigeria has a long history of struggles for self-determination. This study attempts to capture the transformations in ethnic minority identity politics in the oil-producing areas of the Niger delta. It is suggested that part of the solution to the crisis in the delta will involve not only a thorough-going restructuring of the Nigerian state but also the re-orientation of the mode of operation of the giant oil multinationals in order to make them both more sensitive and accountable to the local communities.

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