Humor, Silence, and Civil Society in Nigeria

Humor, Silence, and Civil Society in Nigeria

Ebenezer Obadare


University of Rochester Press



An important contribution to the debate on forms of civil society in Africa and elsewhere, and to the global literature on dissent.
In Humor, Silence, and Civil Society in Nigeria, Ebenezer Obadare offers an innovative perspective on the idea and reality of civil society. Mobilizing a wide range of concepts and insights from political science, African studies, sociology, cultural studies, media studies, anthropology, communications theory, and international development, Obadare develops a notion of civil society that radically departs from the literature's axiomatic focus on voluntary civic associations and focuses instead on more informal strategies of resistance, such as humor and silence. Compellingly argued, Humor, Silence, and Civil Society in Nigeria raises provocative questions on a topic of keen importance for students, scholars, and policymakers.

Ebenezer Obadare is professor of sociology at the University of Kansas. He is coeditor of Civic Agency in Africa: Arts of Resistance in the 21st Century (James Currey, 2014).


February 2016
188 pages
9x6 in
Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
ISBN: 9781580465519
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
University of Rochester Press
BISAC POL053000, HIS001050, SOC002010
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Table of Contents

Introduction: On the Terms of a Debate
A Terrain of Contention
An African Discourse
The Uses of Levity
Siddon Look
Works Cited


A rich and highly readable meditation on overlooked aspects of public life in Nigeria. AFRICA AT LSE

The book is unique and innovative. JOURNAL OF MODERN AFRICAN STUDIES

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