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The Clergy, Culture, and Political Conflicts in Nigeria

  • Wale Adebanwi

Abstract:

This article explores contemporary manifestations of the politicization of culture by the Christian clergy in the determination and resolution of political conflicts in Nigeria in general and Yonibaland in particular—against die backdrop of what has been called “the civilizational hegemony of Christianity.” The article approaches religion and the practices it enables as part of a cultural system through which we can capture the specific ways in which religious audiorities pursue political and ethnocultural interests to justify a particular social order.

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Cet article explore les manifestations contemporaines de l'infiltration de la politique dans la sphère culturelle à l'initiative du clergé Chrétien dans l'identification et la résolution des conflits politiqiies au Niger et en particulier dans la région du Yorubaland. Le contexte est celui d'un phénomène appelé l'hégémonie de la civilisation chrétienne.” Cet article considère cette religion et les pratiques qu'elle encourage coinme partie prenante d'un système culturel à travers lequel nous pouvons percevoir les rnoyens spécifiqués utilises par les autorités religieuses pour poiirsuivre des intérêts politiqiies et ethnociilturels afin de justifier un ordre social donné.

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