Journal of Contemporary Urbanology

CULTURE, POWER AND IDENTITY: THE DYNAMICS OF CHANGE AMONG THE URBAN YOUTH IN NIGERIA.

Terver AKPAR Ph.D (Department of Political Science Faculty of Social Sciences Benue State University, Makurdi. E-Mail-terverakpar@gmail.com).

Abstract

The phenomenon of Culture and Change in Nigeria's urban areas has beenas uneven as it has been remarkable. Whereas the town has been an agent of change in Nigeria, evolvingfrom an alien abode of the colonial intruder that gave impetus to its contemporary status as a progenitor of rampart global values, the whole process has been uneven but tenacious. Nowhere is this more noticeable than among the youth in Nigeria's towns and cities. This has also been dynamic and alarmingly rapid in the vortex of secondary causative forces of politics and identity transformation from tradition to modernity. Using Dependency as aframework of analysis, the paper examines the problem of change among a generational segment of the Nigerian society that is voluble, volatile and tremendous in its impact in all ways. This is especially symptomic of conditions engendered in a peripheral economy subject to globalist capitalist forces. The urban Nigerian youth might prove to be the vanguard force of revolution and not just evolution in the country's power game of dysfunctionality and economic dependency.

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