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Title: The Politics of Paper: Negotiating Over and Around Indigeneship Certification in Plateau State, Nigeria
Authors: Man, Henry Gyang
Ehrhardt, David
Keywords: Documentation
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Canadian Journal of African Studies / Revue canadienne des études africaines
Citation: Henry Gyang Mang & David Ehrhardt (2019): The politics of paper: negotiating over and around indigeneship certification in Plateau State, Nigeria, Canadian Journal of Afr
Series/Report no.: ;Pp 1-17
Abstract: ABSTRACT The certification of indigeneship in Nigeria has become one of the most contested documentation processes in the country, given its implications for Nigerians’ citizenship rights and political and economic opportunities. This paper analyses the contestations over and around indigeneship certification in Plateau State. It argues that while the notion of indigeneship has roots in the colonial period, postcolonial forces have reshaped and transformed it. The increasingly poor documentation practices of the Nigerian state, particularly at the local level, have interacted with a fragmentation and formalisation of “indigenous belonging” and given it new functions. In the context of Plateau State, then, this paper shows how these processes have resulted in at least two distinct forms of contestation over indigeneship: first, the intergroup competition over indigeneship in Jos North and, second, the contestation around the margins of indigeneship in the rural areas of Quan Pan
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2812
ISSN: 0008-3968
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