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Rethinking Security in Nigeria

Conceptual Issues in the Quest for Social Order and National Integration

Dapo Adelugba, Philip Ogo Ujomu

Publication Year: 2008

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.

Published by: African Books Collective

Front Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Since the NWG investigations on security commenced in 2003, we have become increasingly and extensively indebted to different people and institutions. We shall mention . . .


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1 - Introduction: A Preface to the Understanding of the Aesthetic and Ethical Imperatives for Viable National Security in the Post-colonial African State

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pp. 1-4

This study emerges on the intellectual landscape and gains its significance because it has become imperative for us as scholars to re-examine the intellectual, moral and . . .

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2 - The Bounds of Security Theorising: Envisioning Discursive Inputs for the Rectification of a Post-colonial Situation

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pp. 5-56

In Place of an Introduction: Of Epigraphs and Transitions to Discourse . . .

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3 - An Aesthetic Theorising of the Challenge of National Security in the Post-colonial Context

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pp. 57-74

Prior engagement with the thematic concerns of aesthetics and security seems generally to have focussed on the restrictive study of improving the components of . . .

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4 - Rethinking Traditional Security in Africa: The Reconstruction of the Cosmological Foundations of Security

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pp. 75-94

The problems of national security in this modern era can be seen mainly in the inability of the various governments and the state agencies consistently and institutionally to . . .

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5 - Cultural Dimensions of the National Security Problem

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pp. 95-117

This essay examines the cultural dimensions of the national security problem. A cultural policy as an instrument of social engineering is crucial for national survival . . .

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6 - The Gender Dimensions of the National Security and Human Security Problematic: Core Theoretical, Conceptual and Historical Issues

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pp. 119-146

This part of the NWG research focuses on the conceptual clarification of the interfaces between gender and national security and the consequences of segregationist . . .

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7 - Rethinking Ethical Security in the Light of European Institutional Security and Integration Strategies: The Quest for Methodological Convergence

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pp. 147-162

This study examines the ethical dimension of the national security problem by using the European paradigm as a framework or model for defining the core principles . . .

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E-ISBN-13: 9782869784178
Print-ISBN-13: 9782869782112

Page Count: 176
Publication Year: 2008