When Neutrality is Taboo. Navigating Institutional Identity in Protracted Conflict Settings - the Nigerian Ife/Modakeke Case

When Neutrality is Taboo. Navigating Institutional Identity in Protracted Conflict Settings - the... When Neutrality is Taboo. Navigating Institutional Identity in Protracted Con ict Settings — the Nigerian Ife/Modakeke Case * P EYI S OYINKA -A IREWELE ** A BSTRACT This paper explores the means by which social institutions lo- cated in African communities that are deeply and violently po- larized along ethnic-related lines, navigate the institutional role and identity within such a local environment. Utilizing a case study of ethno-political con ict in the Ile-Ife and Modakeke communities of South Western Nigeria, the paper investigates how the local academy has sought to survive as a zone of di- versities located in host cit(ies) with rigidly structured mythico- histories and con icting geopolitical claims. Through this explo- ration of the paradox of the uneasy cohabitation of contested * This article is based on research recently conducted as a Fellow of the Program on Global Security and Cooperation, Social Science Research Council. It was also supported through the award of a summer research grant from Ithaca College, New York. It is a revised version of a paper presented at the Third International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, University of Hawai’i, in February 2003. The author would like to thank http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png African and Asian Studies Brill

When Neutrality is Taboo. Navigating Institutional Identity in Protracted Conflict Settings - the Nigerian Ife/Modakeke Case

African and Asian Studies, Volume 2 (3): 259 – Jan 1, 2003

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© 2003 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1569-2094
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1569-2108
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10.1163/156920903322661726
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When Neutrality is Taboo. Navigating Institutional Identity in Protracted Con ict Settings — the Nigerian Ife/Modakeke Case * P EYI S OYINKA -A IREWELE ** A BSTRACT This paper explores the means by which social institutions lo- cated in African communities that are deeply and violently po- larized along ethnic-related lines, navigate the institutional role and identity within such a local environment. Utilizing a case study of ethno-political con ict in the Ile-Ife and Modakeke communities of South Western Nigeria, the paper investigates how the local academy has sought to survive as a zone of di- versities located in host cit(ies) with rigidly structured mythico- histories and con icting geopolitical claims. Through this explo- ration of the paradox of the uneasy cohabitation of contested * This article is based on research recently conducted as a Fellow of the Program on Global Security and Cooperation, Social Science Research Council. It was also supported through the award of a summer research grant from Ithaca College, New York. It is a revised version of a paper presented at the Third International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, University of Hawai’i, in February 2003. The author would like to thank

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