Ethnic Identity Politics and Contemporary Experience

Sarah Terwse Shittu

Department of English, Benue State University, Makurdi

This paper investigates the complex developments of identity in contemporary Africa considering that the emergence of identity politics is a consequence of the extraordinarily rapid and profound upheavals and transformations of human society at the turn of the 21stcentury. Contemporary world has considerably opened up and extraordinarily shrunk in specific historical circumstances. The act of migration particularly, is one that profoundly changes the individual, transforming the relationship of the migrant with his home country and new host country and then impacting their identity as a result. The expanding use of the term, identity politics, is scrutinized in this work and attempts are made at delineating its unwieldy parameters. This in turn reflects the socio-political composition of African societies.

Keywords: Ethnic Identity Politics, Contemporary Experience

Free Full-text PDF

How to cite this article:
Sarah Terwse Shittu. Ethnic Identity Politics and Contemporary Experience.Global Journal of Arts and Humanities, 2020, 3:13


1. Achebe, Chinua. There Was A Country: a Personaal History of Biafra. London: Penguin Books Limited, 2012. Print.
2. Adichie, ChimamandaNgozi. Half of a Yellow Sun. Lagos: Farafina Books, 2006. Print.
3. Arnold, Matthew. “The function of Criticism at Present Time” Victorian Poetry and Poetics. Boston: Houghton Mfflin Company, 1968.
4. J.C la Driere.Directions in contemporary Criticism. Wisconsin: the Bruce Publishing Company, 1953. Print.
5. Ker, I. David.Literature and Society in Africa Ibadan; Spectrum Books Limited, 2004. Print.
6. Nnolin, Charlse. Issues in African Literature. Lagos: Malthouse Press Limited, 2010. Print.
7. Ogbedu, M. O. Social Realism in African Prose Fictions. N. P, Abuja, 2017. Print.
8. Omotosho, Kole, Achebe or Soyinka: A stud y in Contrast. Ibadan: Bookcraft, 2009. Print.

Terms of Use/Privacy Policy/ Disclaimer/ Other Policies:
You agree that by using our site, you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by all of our terms of use/privacy policy/ disclaimer/ other policies (click here for details).

This work and its PDF file(s) are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.