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978-0-7391-9258-0 • Hardback • November 2014 • $146.00 • (£112.00)
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Akanmu G. Adebayo is professor of history and director of the Center for Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University.
Joseph Kingsley Adjei is a PhD candidate in International Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University.
Jesse J. Benjamin is associate professor in the Departments of Sociology and Criminal Justice, and Interdisciplinary Studies, at Kennesaw State University.
Brandon D. Lundy is associate professor of anthropology and associate director of the PhD program in International Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University.
Chapter One: Introduction: Reconciliation and Conflict Management in West Africa through Cultural Traditions
Brandon D. Lundy and Joseph Kingsley Adjei
General and Conceptual Frameworks
Chapter Two: Conflicts in Africa: Negotiating Space for Indigenous Conflict Management Strategies in the Contemporary Age
Olutayo C. Adesina
Chapter Three: Exploring Indigenous Mechanisms for Peacemaking in West Africa
Serwaa Brewoo and Mustapha Abdallah
Chapter Four: Border Disputes in Africa and Traditional Approaches to Resolving Them
Chapter Five: “. . . in the Name of the Son”: the ‘Son’ as Scapegoat in African Literature.
Chapter Six: The Role of the Chieftaincy Institution in Ensuring Peace in Ghana from Precolonial Times to the Present
Joseph Kingsley Adjei
Chapter Seven: Colonial Justice and Conflict Management: The Case of Chief Seniagya and the Ashanti Golden Stool
Joseph Kingsley Adjei and Akanmu G. Adebayo
Chapter Eight: Homegrown Crises, Homegrown Solutions? The Efficacy of Indigenous Conflict Resolution/Management Approaches in Ghana
Sarah Okaebea Danso and Joana Ama Osei-Tutu
Chapter Nine: Women’s Involvement in Indigenous Conflict Management: An Analysis of the Role of Umuada in Conflict Management in Traditional Igbo Society of Southeastern Nigeria
Felix Chinwe Asogwa
Chapter Ten: The Role of the Umunna and Age Grades in Traditional Conflict Management in Igboland
Luke Amadi and James E. Agena
Chapter Eleven: Communication and Conflict Management in Traditional Igbo Society
Emmanuel J. C. Duru, Silk Ugwu Ogbu, and Ifeanyi F. Didiugwu
Chapter Twelve: Ilepa Among the Yoruba of Western Nigeria: What Do the Dead Have to Do With Peace and Conflict?
Olutayo C. Adesina
Chapter Thirteen: Indigenous Methods in Conflict Resolution: The Example of Yorùbá Society
Chapter Fourteen: Sparks of Resistance, Flames of Change: Orature in Reconciliation and Conflict Management among the Yorùbá
Olusola George Ajibade
Chapter Fifteen: The Challenges of Conflict Transformation: Amnesty in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria in Retrospect
Chapter Sixteen: From Militancy to Amnesty: An Exploration of Nigeria’s Indigenous Conflict Management Strategy in the Niger Delta Region
Severus Ifeanyi Odoziobodo and Ifeanyi F. Dididugwu
Chapter Seventeen: Alternative Dispute Resolution Strategies, Undergraduate Student Union Leaders, and Conflict Management in Selected Tertiary Institutions in Ibadan
Clement O. O. Kolawole and Toluwalope Olajumoke Kolawole
Chapter Eighteen: Beitonghekeh: Peoples’ Power and Conflict Resolution in Cameroon
Henry Kam Kah
Chapter Nineteen: Indigenous Peacemaking among the Banso People of Cameroon: Bonyang as a Conflict Resolution System
Solomon Losha and Stephen Ojong Agbor
Chapter Twenty: Bekem in Peacemaking in Nweh Society
Chapter Twenty One: Conclusion: Implications of Epistemic Diversity for Conflict Management in West Africa and the World
Jesse J. Benjamin and Akanmu G. Adebayo
Beginning with its title, Indigenous Conflict Management Strategies in West Africa:Beyond Right and Wrong captures the rich spirit of indigenous conflict management attitudes and strategies in West Africa and beyond. It digs deep into the layers of understanding rolled up in traditional practices and examines their relation—often but not necessarily conflictual—with modern practice. This solid volume is built on conceptual developments and many cases that provide the basis for insight into traditional society and introspection into modern ways.
— I. William Zartman, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Indigenous Conflict Management Strategies in West Africa:Beyond Right and Wrong offers a wonderfully far-ranging, yet in-depth, discussion of conflict resolution and prevention in West Africa, with a particular focus on Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon. With careful attention to the cultural and institutional contexts in which conflict takes place, the chapters demonstrate the need to take indigienous norms seriously in an age when international actors promote 'best practices' without always taking these norms into account. The resulting combination of critical commentary with descriptions of indigenous conflict management strategies will be useful to scholars and practitioners alike. Indigenous Conflict Management Strategies in West Africa:Beyond Right and Wrong is an extremely important and very welcome addition to the literature on conflict resolution in West Africa.
— Niklas Hultin, George Mason University