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Author Obadare, Ebenezer.
Title Statism, youth and civic imagination : a critical study of the National Youth Service Corps programme in Nigeria / Ebenezer Obadare.
Imprint Dakar, Senegal : CODESRIA, [2010]

Author Obadare, Ebenezer.
Series Monograph series
Monograph series (Codesria)
Subject National Youth Service Corps (Nigeria)
National service -- Nigeria.
Young volunteers in social service -- Nigeria.
Alt Name Codesria.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 74 pages).
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. The Idea of Service -- 2. Citizenship as Civic Duty -- 3. Service and Citizenship -- 4. The NYSC: History and Rationale -- Background -- History and Rationale -- Reactions -- 5. Development of the NYSC -- Hope and Despair -- Current Issues -- 6. Method of Research -- Study Approach -- Data Sources and Data Analysis -- 7. The NYSC: Meaning, Perception and Interpretation -- 8. The NYSC: Performance Evaluated -- 9. The NYSC and Citizenship Values: Any Link? -- 10. The National Youth Service scheme -- 11. Evaluation.
Summary This study explores the service-citizenship nexus in Nigeria, using the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme as an empirical backdrop. It attempts to understand the relationship between civic service and citizenship on the one hand, and it examines the question as to whether youth service promotes a sense of citizenship and patriotism on the other. In the relevant studies on service and sociology, the assumption that service is antecedent to, and impacts positively on citizenship, is taken for granted. However, conclusions from this study call for an urgent rethinking of this wisdom. Using data from open-ended interviews, questionnaires and focus group discussions, the study traces the ways in which political dynamics in Nigeria have affected the implementation of the NYSC programme. The study articulates allegiance to national ideals as an essential foundation for creating and nurturing citizenship. Although it upholds the potential of national service as a tool for national integration, this research cautions against unalloyed faith in its presumed agency, arguing that the limitations imposed by the prevailing socio-political ecology should not be ignored.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 67-69).
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9782869783034 (Paper)
2869783035 (Paper)
9782869783256 (electronic bk.)
2869783256 (electronic bk.)
9782869784208 (electronic bk.)
2869784201 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9786612710889
OCLC # 694146837
Additional Format Print version: Obadare, Ebenezer. Statism, youth, and civic imagination. Dakar, Senegal : Codesria, ©2010 9782869783034 (DLC) 2010306829 (OCoLC)644638698

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