Chuka's doctoral research investigated the root causes of violent ethnic mobilisation in the constitutional democratic states of Africa, particularly in Nigeria's Niger-Delta region. Using the Kaufmanian ethnosymbolic theoretical framework as a guide, the project analysed the mechanism by which ethnic tensions metamorphose into full-scale violent clashes. It equally tried to shed light on why such violent confrontations often persist, despite governmental and non-governmental efforts at eradicating them.
Understanding the complex dynamics of politically salient intra-state violent conflicts is a necessary precondition for designing appropriate conflict resolution strategies. In this regard, the positive contribution of his project to political peace processes in Africa, and beyond, is not in doubt.
Why Violent Ethnic Mobilizations Occur and Persist: A Case Study of Violent Ethnic Mobilization in the Niger-Delta Region of NigeriaAuthor: Agboeze, C., 29 Sep 2020
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)File