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Nation as Grand Narrative


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List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Nation as Grand Narrataive Interpretive Theory, Narrative, and the Politics of Meaning In Search of a Grand Narrative: The Press and the Ethno-Regional Struggle for Political Independence Hegemony and Ethno-Spatial Politics: "Nationalizing" the Capital City in the Late-Colonial Era Paper Soldiers: Narratives of Nationhood and Federalism in Pre-Civil War Nigeria Representing the Nation: Electoral Crisis and the Collapse of the Third Republic The "Fought" Republic: The Press, Ethno-Religious Conflicts, and Democratic Ethos Narratives, Territoriality, and Majority-Minority Ethnic Violence Narratives, Oil, and the Spatial Politics of Marginal Identities Conclusion: Beyond Grand Narratives Notes Bibliography Index


With its recuperation of the nation as an entity, and its insistence on the reality of identity politics both as a contested terrain and as the most meaningful narrative for Nigerian press history, this book represents a significant landmark in the new African print cultures scholarship. AFRICA [A] brilliant combination of the analysis of political history and the mass media in pre- and post-colonial Nigeria. The book will be suitable as resource material for students, scholars and practitioners of political science, history, mass media and discourse analysis. JOURNAL OF MODERN AFRICAN STUDIES This is a thought-provoking book which takes a novel approach to some of the most fundamental questions facing contemporary Africa. It deserves a wide readership. AFRICAN JOURNALISM STUDIES The book represents a major contribution toward understanding the immensely complex role that newspapers have played in the political history of postcolonial Africa; it provides a unique and indispensable reflection on the very specific ways in which postcolonial societies have approached democracy. AFRICAN STUDIES REVIEW

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