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Rethinking Security in Nigeria: Conceptual Issues in the Quest for Social Order and National Integration

Dapo Adelugba and Philip Ogo Ujomu. Rethinking Security in Nigeria : Conceptual Issues in the Quest for Social Order and National Integration, Dakar, CODESRIA, 2008, 172 p., ISBN : 2-86978-211-X (ISBN 13 : 9782869782112)

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Rethinking Security in Nigeria adopts an alternate conceptual and methodological framework for rethinking national security in Nigeria by using the humanities’ multidisciplinary perspective against the backdrop of the hitherto restrictive analysis of the nature of national security. By expounding the largely unexplored cosmological, conceptual, ethical and aesthetic dimensions as key contributors to national survival and social integration, the volume argues systematically for a basic redefinition of the meanings of security, the value of life, government action and social re-engineering in order to create a new system of social order and integration. The authors attempt to extend the boundaries of previous theorizing on security by identifying alternate ethical and aesthetic approaches to national reconciliation and human development in present-day Nigeria, which faces major security challenges requiring the clarification of the basis for developing a just and harmonious society.

The study is a contribution to the quest for defining the vital socio-cultural norms and doctrinal imperatives needed for responsible cooperative human action. It examines the roles of dominant works of philosophy, literature, plays and performances in the creation of a philosophical basis for political stability and social reconciliation in the society. It extends the boundaries of previous aesthetic studies and redefines the roles of ethics and aesthetics as crucial contributors to security, human development and world civilisation.


Dapo Adelugba, a former Chair and Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, is a leading authority on Theatre Practice and Development especially Theatre History, Theory and Criticism of the Arts and Approaches to the Theatre Arts in Nigeria. He is currently a visiting professor at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

Philip Ogo Ujomu, PhD is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is interested in social philosophy, African philosophy, ethics, security issues and aspects of public policy. He has published some works in these areas.

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January 10 2008