International Journal of Social Science & Economic Research
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Title:
IDENTITY POLITICS AND DIALECTICS OF INTER-GROUP RELATIONS IN NASARAWA STATE

Authors:
Okoli, Al Chukwuma & Iortyer, Philip

Abstract:
This paper examines the nexus between identity politics and crisis of inter-group relations in Nasarawa State. This is against the backdrop of high incidence of inter-communal conflicts in the State over the years. By way of exploratory approach, predicated on qualitative synthesis of primary and secondary sources, the paper posits that the primordial heterogeneity of Nasarawa State has made it a veritable context for identity politics. The paper submits that politicization of identity in the State has engendered dialectical dynamics of inter-group relations that threaten sustainable peace and stability. This has variously manifested in the form of indigene/settler, Christian/Muslim, farmer/herder, majority/minority politicking, and inter-ethnic conflicts. The paper recommends an inclusive citizenship modality that recognizes, accommodates, promotes, and moderates inter-group stakes and interests as the way forward.

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