Diaspora and Imagined Nationality: USA-African Dialogue and Cyberframing Nigerian Nationhood

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Diaspora and Imagined Nationality: USA-African Dialogue and Cyberframing Nigerian Nationhood


Harris, Anita L., Journal of Pan African Studies


A review of Diaspora and Imagined Nationality: USA-African Dialogue and Cyberframing Nigerian Nationhood by Koleade Odutola (Publisher: Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2012. 204 pp., ISBN: 978-1-59460-926-8) by Anita L. Harris (anita.harris@louisville.edu), Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Pan African Studies/Department of Anthropology, University of Louisville.

Diaspora and nation are dynamic constructs constantly evolving through various forms of discourse. Cyberspace has created a virtual terrain for global communicative activities. This virtual space collapses geographical borders and cultivates online social networking conducive to cyber-framing nation-states. In Diaspora and Imagined Nationality: USA-Africa Dialogue and Cyberframing Nigerian Nationhood, Koleade Odutola analyzes unstructured dialogues and debates produced by technologically driven modes of communication. More specifically, Odutola focuses on the cyber-framing of Nigeria as a postcolonial nation-space by Nigerian intellectuals participating in an online forum created seven years ago by Professor Toyin Falola. Close readings of the virtual ethnography establish the online forum as a networking site for ongoing social enquiry relevant to diaspora and nation with references to collective identity, patriotism and reconstruction of memory.

This book clearly articulates the potentiality of online social networking in creating virtual spaces for political activism and scholarly interrogations of globalization, and democratization theories. The research questions guiding this study are concerned with the main themes and concepts of nation discussed in online postings among Nigerians in the homeland and Nigerians geographically dispersed. …

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