By Axel Harneit-Sievers
Buildings of Belonging offers a historical past of neighborhood groups dwelling in Southeastern Nigeria because the overdue 19th century, analyzing the tactics that experience outlined, replaced, and re-produced those groups. Harneit-Sievers explores either the meanings and the makes use of that the neighborhood contributors have given to their specific components, whereas additionally taking a look at the tactics that experience formed neighborhood groups, and feature made them paintings and remain appropriate, in an international ruled through the fashionable territorial nation and by way of around the world flows of individuals, items, and concepts. Axel Harneit-Sievers is a examine fellow on the heart for contemporary Oriental reviews, and director of the Nigeria workplace of the Heinrich B?ll origin in Lagos.
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Additional info for Constructions of Belonging: Igbo Communities and the Nigerian State in the Twentieth Century (Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora)
Early concentrations of population, with developed ceramic production, have been identified around Nsukka and 19 20 Igboland: The Historical and Ethnographic Evidence Afikpo, but due to the sketchy evidence it remains unclear whether these were isolated centers or examples of a more general expansion of neolithic culture (Chikwendu 1992: 87–90). The famous archaeological finds at Igbo-Ukwu (Anambra State) showed that there was a society with an elaborate technology of metal (bronze) casting in the Anambra area by the tenth century CE (Shaw and University of Ibadan 1970; Shaw 1977).
E. Kitson, “Southern Nigeria: Some Considerations of Its Structure, People and Natural History,” Geographical Journal 41 (1913). 23 At the same time, dispersed settlement patterns did not exist only in areas of low population density where they would be expected. They also existed in the densely settled Owerri and Orlu areas. Here, in the course of the twentieth century they developed into “crowded heartland settlements” where ecological problems such as erosion were aggravated by inefficient forms of land use, especially the multiplication of roads (Bob-Duru 2002: 151).
I. Jones drew up a different map of Igboland for the Ethnographic Survey of Africa undertaken by the International African Institute in London. ” Forde and Jones created subcategories “for purposes of classification”: “tribes,” “sub-tribes,” “groups,” and “village groups” (1950: 9). However, they did not explicitly define these subcategories, which, indeed, appear to be of limited consistency. Their survey listed about 232 subdivisions by name, each of them comprising a number of “local communities”—usually only a handful, but several dozen in some cases.
Constructions of Belonging: Igbo Communities and the Nigerian State in the Twentieth Century (Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora) by Axel Harneit-Sievers