Power and Independence

Urban Africans' Perception of Social Inequality

By Peter C. Lloyd

© 2011 – Routledge

262 pages

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415850124
pub: 2013-03-11
Hardback: 9780415601900
pub: 2010-11-26

About the Book

First published in 1974, this study, by a social anthropologist who has lived, taught and researched in Nigeria, explores how the Yoruba of Nigeria living in Ibadan and Lagos perceive the society in which they live. Their views on stratification and social inequality in particular are related to traditional Yoruba concepts and to their experiences in education, migration and present social and occupational relationships. It is shown that, in general, these recent migrants and city dwellers see their society as open; they emphasise achievement rather than class opposition. Recent protest – industrial strikes in Lagos, the Agbekoya peasant rebellion in Ibadan – are assessed in the light of these attitudes.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Social Rank in Traditional Yoruba Society 3. The Developing Social Structure 4. Social Mobility 5. Social Interaction 6. Yoruba Attitudes 7. An Overview

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries