Dissertation Abstracts

Intra-communal Land Conflicts and Developments in Ezillo community, Ebonyi, Nigeria

Author: Igwe, Dickson O, princedxn2010@hotmail.com
Department: Sociology Department, Faculty of Social Sciences,
University: University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Supervisor: Dr. Olumuyiwa A. Omobowale
Year of completion: In progress
Language of dissertation: English

Keywords: Intra-communal , Land Conflict , Identity , Development
Areas of Research: Deviance and Social Control , Community Research , Armed Forces and Conflict Resolution


Inter-state conflicts (ISC) that dominated the international scene for decades after World War II are increasingly being replaced by intra-communal conflicts (ICC) affecting developing countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America among other places. This has meant that most studies on conflicts do not deal with these new conflicts; hence, there is a need for studies into this new phenomenon. This study will fill this gap by focusing on Nigeria. With land resource as conflict driver and a source of people's identity, the research problem asks how ICC reconstructs the identities of the community members who are affected. Economic theories of war and predation provide the lens through which to understand the data. The research will test the hypothesis that ICC has negatively affected development of EEC.The data draws on in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, structured questionnaires, and participant observation. The data analysis will involve thematic percentage categorization as well as ethnographic and narrative analysis.

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