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New Book by Alumnus John Agbonifo


In "Environment and Conflict: The Place and Logic of Collective Action in the Niger Delta," John Agbonifo argues for decolonization of the environment.

Using the example of the Ogoni struggle against the Shell oil company, he makes a case for seeing the environment from the perspective of local communities. How might we understand the Ogoni's struggle against Shell and the state? As an attempt to secure provincial advantages in distributional matters, or as a legitimate action aimed at preserving the environment and the livelihoods of the local community?

Exploring the material and symbolic, as well as the provincial and nationalist dimensions of the Ogoni motivation, Agbonifo's book is the first serious attempt to discuss these issues.