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Conceptualizing Structural Violence, Policing and Criminality in The 21st Century: A Re-Reading of Chinua Achebe’s Texts

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dc.contributor.author Ulogu, Ngozi Dora
dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-01T14:31:51Z
dc.date.available 2020-09-01T14:31:51Z
dc.date.issued 2019-09
dc.identifier.issn 2735-9204
dc.identifier.uri http://repository.unn.edu.ng/handle/123456789/8830
dc.description.abstract The 21stcentury is a global age in which nation states are replete with leadership and authoritarian illegality. Hence, issues of policing, violence and criminality are everyday occurrences in present day society, experienced by different categories of individuals. Policing inter alia is for law enforcement and protection of the citizens. In these contemporary times policing has become a factor of violence for the state authority. Violence in many nation states has therefore become structural, subsumed into the system and perpetuated by government. Individuals are violated, vulnerable, and helpless. Criminality of different shades and magnitude increases by the day. Police assaults, shootings, killings, bribery, illegal arrests, intimidation of the citizens and violations of rights are rife. Some of these issues are captured in the political and satirical novels of Chinua Achebe, such as, Anthills of the Savannah and A Man of the People. These narratives present political corruption, police criminality and structural violence against the people. These are examined on the standpoints of Max Weber’s theory of “State Monopoly on Violence” and Johan Gaultang’s concept of “Structural Violence”. This paper discusses the corroboration and culpability of the state in perpetuating violence and crime through the apparatus and agencies of the state. It specifically makes a literary analysis of the instances of state induced crime and violence through policing. The essay makes a case for a review of state structures inimical to the rights of the people in this 21st century. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher The Grace Uzoma Okonkwo Foundation en_US
dc.subject violence en_US
dc.subject criminality, en_US
dc.subject structural violence en_US
dc.subject monopoly en_US
dc.title Conceptualizing Structural Violence, Policing and Criminality in The 21st Century: A Re-Reading of Chinua Achebe’s Texts en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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