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About the Author

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Acknowledgements

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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 . . .

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

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 . . .

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1. The Idea of Service

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pp. 9-11

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 . . .

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2. Citizenship as Civic Duty

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pp. 13-17

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 . . .

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3. Interfacing Service and Citizenship

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pp. 19-20

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 . . .

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4. The NYSC: History and Rationale

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pp. 21-28

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 . . .

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5. The Development of the NYSC

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pp. 29-36

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 . . .

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6. Method of Research

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pp. 37-40

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 . . .

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7. The NYSC: Meaning, Perceptionand Interpretation

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pp. 41-44

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 . . .

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8. The NYSC: Performance Evaluated

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pp. 45-48

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 . . .

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9, The NYSC and Citizenship Values:Any Link?

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pp. 49-51

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 . . .

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10. The National Youth Service Scheme

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pp. 53-55

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 . . .

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11. Evaluation

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pp. 57-62

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 . . .

Notes

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pp. 63-65

References

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pp. 67-69

Appendices

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pp. 71-74

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