Morbid Significations:violent gangs, masculinities and death practices in Southern Nigeria

Project Details


This project seeks to answer three interrelated questions on the necro-politics of violent gangs in Southern Nigeria. First, we ask how death and dying is inscribed in the imagination of youth who circulate within violent and uncertain gangscapes. Second, in what ways do death practices, as captured in masculine performance, mourning and visual memorialisations, intersect with the grievance registers that shape gang encounters with the state? Finally, what might death practices of violent gangs teach us about the body as a site of resistance, exclusion and belonging? We intend to use a combination of life and visual histories, in-depth interviews and archival research to explore these questions. The focus will be on persons involved in three sites of gang violence in Southern Nigeria from 2000-2020, including ex-militants in the oil-city of Port Harcourt, the One Million Boys street gang in Lagos and former militia members in the Ife-Modakeke crisis.
Short titleGangs and Death Practices in Southern Nigeria
Effective start/end date1/04/2131/03/23


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