Custom and Politics in Urban Africa: A Study of Hausa Migrants in Yoruba Towns

2nd Edition

Abner Cohen

Published November 20, 2003
Reference - 280 Pages
ISBN 9780415320092 - CAT# RU26835
Series: Routledge Classic Ethnographies


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Based on Cohen's fieldwork in the 1960s among the Hausa migrants, a people of the Yoruba area (then the western region of the Federation of Nigeria), Custom and Politics in Urban Africa looks at how ethnic groups use elements of tradition in jostling for power and privilege in new urban situations. This is a landmark work in urban anthropology and provides a comparative framework for studying political processes in African societies.

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