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Rethinking Security in Nigeria
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Rethinking Security in Nigeria adopts an alternate conceptual and methodological framework for rethinking national security in Nigeria by using the humanities' multidisciplinary perspective against the backdrop of the hitherto restrictive analysis of the nature of national security. By expounding the largely unexplored cosmological, conceptual, ethical and aesthetic dimensions as key contributors to national survival and social integration, the volume argues systematically for a basic redefinition of the meanings of security, the value of life, government action and social re-engineering in order to create a new system of social order an integration. The authors attempt to extend the boundaries of previous theorizing on security by identifying alternate ethical and aesthetic approaches to national reconciliation and human development in present-day Nigeria, which faces major security challenges requiring the clarification of the basis for developing a just and harmonious society. The study is a contribution to the quest for defining the vital socio-cultural norms and doctrinal imperatives needed for responsible cooperative human action. It examines the roles of dominant works of philosophy, literature, plays and performances in the creation of a basis for political stability and social reconciliation in the society. It extends the boundaries of previous aesthetic studies and redefines the roles of ethics and aesthetics as crucial contributors to security, human development and world civilisation.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Contributors
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  1. 2 - The Bounds of Security Theorising: Envisioning Discursive Inputs for the Rectification of a Post-colonial Situation
  2. pp. 5-56
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  1. 3 - An Aesthetic Theorising of the Challenge of National Security in the Post-colonial Context
  2. pp. 57-74
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  1. 4 - Rethinking Traditional Security in Africa: The Reconstruction of the Cosmological Foundations of Security
  2. pp. 75-94
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  1. 5 - Cultural Dimensions of the National Security Problem
  2. pp. 95-117
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  1. 6 - The Gender Dimensions of the National Security and Human Security Problematic: Core Theoretical, Conceptual and Historical Issues
  2. pp. 119-146
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  1. 7 - Rethinking Ethical Security in the Light of European Institutional Security and Integration Strategies: The Quest for Methodological Convergence
  2. pp. 147-162
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  1. Back Cover
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