Statism, Youth and Civic Imagination
A Critical Study of the National Youth Service Corps Programme in Nigeria
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: African Books Collective
About the Author
This research was made possible by a grant from the Global Service Institute (GSI) of the Center for Social Development, Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, with funding . . .
This study examines the service–citizenship nexus in Nigeria using the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme as an empirical backdrop. In the relevant sociological and . . .
1. The Idea of Service
In the emerging literature on service as a distinct social practice and analytic category, Michael Sherraden’s (2001) definition has become the touchstone. Sherraden describes service . . .
2. Citizenship as Civic Duty
Citizenship is core to the idea of democratic society. Indeed, the present age is one that considers citizenship as something of cardinal significance (Heater 1999:1). Even though the idea of . . .
3. Interfacing Service and Citizenship
Civic service is predicated on the assumption that service is a positive influence on citizenship. Perry and Katula (2001:336) point to Azaro’s (1993) important observation on national . . .
4. The NYSC: History and Rationale
Faced with a total breakdown of social harmony following Nigeria’s thirtymonth Civil War (1967–70), which followed the unsuccessful attempt by the then Eastern Region to secede from the . . .
5. The Development of the NYSC
In looking back at the rationale for the national youth programme, the man who set it up, General Yakubu Gowon, stated twenty-one years later that the goal was to . . .
6. Method of Research
We were interested in determining the extent to which the NYSC has been able to promote citizenship in Nigeria. As a corollary, we were also struck by the impact that the larger political . . .
7. The NYSC: Meaning, Perceptionand Interpretation
A central component of the research is the perceptual gulf dividing former and serving corps members. Thirty years after the NYSC was started as a critical component of the . . .
8. The NYSC: Performance Evaluated
After undertaking a survey of the extent to which former and serving corps members share a common leaning and understanding of the national service scheme, it is pertinent to see . . .
9, The NYSC and Citizenship Values:Any Link?
Central to this research is the extent to which the NYSC promotes citizenship values and, by extension, a civic imaginary, that is, a sense of Nigerian-ness. Does service (NYSC) enhance citizenship . . .
10. The National Youth Service Scheme
After a survey of the perception and performance of the NYSC, it is equally pertinent to evaluate the respondents’ opinion on the continued relevance or otherwise, of the programme. To this . . .
Former corps members noted that that the NYSC was a good initiative that had turned sour over the years. For one, the programme seemed to have become more exclusionary than inclusionary. For example, the . . .
Page Count: 84
Publication Year: 2010
OCLC Number: 694146837
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