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Movement as Mediation: Envisioning a Divided Nigerian City
The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1855-965X
The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
University of Jos.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3352-6151
2014 (English)In: Nordic Journal of African Studies, ISSN 1235-4481, E-ISSN 1459-9465, Vol. 23, no 2, 66-82 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Since its establishment in the beginning of the twentieth century, the inhabitants of the ethnically and religiously diverse Nigerian city of Jos have inhabited very different places and travelled along opposite trails – patterns that in recent years, with an escalation of violence, have gained new dimensions. By bringing people’s movements into focus, this article highlights how movement comes in different ways to mediate between people and a city in flux. Brought to light is how movement in several different modalities – fast, slow, in total arrest; clothed in Christian or Muslim attires; by car, on foot, or on horseback; assertive or explorative, in triumph as well as in fear – by mediating between people and the city, brings forth a metaphysical landscape that otherwise is hard to get hold of. In this vein, movement as a medium has become a form of ‘social envisioning’ – a tool for understanding and foretelling the city.

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Helsinki: Nordic Association of African Studies , 2014. Vol. 23, no 2, 66-82 p.
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movement, mediation, Nigeria, conflict, urban studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-1959OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-1959DiVA: diva2:883397
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17 Last updated: 2016-03-04Bibliographically approved

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