Colonial Systems of Control: Criminal Justice in Nigeria (Alternative Perspectives in Criminology)

Colonial Systems of Control: Criminal Justice in Nigeria (Alternative Perspectives in Criminology)

By: Viviane Saleh-Hanna (editor), Sylvester Monday Anagaba (contributor), Uju Agomoh (contributor), O. Oko Elechi (contributor), Chris Affor (contributor), Dr. Biko Agozino (contributor), Clever Akporherhe (contributor), Nagel Nagel (contributor), Osa Eribo (contributor), Odibo Odibo (contributor)Hardback

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A pioneering book on prisons in West Africa, Colonial Systems of Control: Criminal Justice in Nigeria is the first comprehensive presentation of life inside a West African prison. Chapters by prisoners inside Kirikiri maximum security prison in Lagos, Nigeria are published alongside chapters by scholars and activists. While prisoners document the daily realities and struggles of life inside a Nigerian prison, scholar and human rights activist Viviane Saleh-Hanna provides historical, political, and academic contexts and analyses of the penal system in Nigeria. The European penal models and institutions imported to Nigeria during colonialism are exposed as intrinsically incoherent with the community-based conflict-resolution principles of most African social structures and justice models. This book presents the realities of imprisonment in Nigeria while contextualizing the colonial legacies that have resulted in the inhumane brutalities that are endured on a daily basis. Keywords: Nigeria, West Africa, penal system, maximum-security prison.

About Author

Viviane Saleh-Hanna is Assistant Professor of Crime and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Dr. Saleh-Hanna is a criminologist turned abolitionist. Coptic and Palestinian in origin, Canadian in citizenship and PanAfricanist in her heart, she is an activist-scholar. Prior to moving to the United States, she lived in Nigeria and worked with prisoners along the West African coastline. Her book, Colonial Systems of Control: Criminal Justice in Nigeria (2008) is the first to include first-hand accounts by prisoners in West Africa and the first to provide an in-depth analysis of life inside West African prisons.


Acknowledgements ...xvii Foreword Julia Sudbury ...xxi Chapter 1: Introduction: Colonial Systems of Control Viviane Saleh-Hanna ... 1 SECTION I: CONTEXTUALIZING NIGERIA Chapter 2: Penal Coloniality Viviane Saleh-Hanna ... 17 Chapter 3: An Evolution of the Penal System: Criminal Justice in Nigeria Viviane Saleh-Hanna and Chukwuma Ume ... 55 Chapter 4: The Militarization of Nigerian Society Biko Agozino and Unyierie Idem ... 69 SECTION II: NIGERIAN PRISONS: VOICES FROM INSIDE Chapter 5: Another Face of Slavery Osadolor Eribo ... 121 Chapter 6: My Nigerian Prison Experience Clever Akporherhe ... 127 Chapter 7: My Story Chris Affor ... 131 Chapter 8: A Tribute to Solidarity: My Oasis Chris Affor ... 141 Chapter 9: June 14, 2003 Igho Odibo ... 147 Chapter 10: The System I Have Come to Know Sylvester Monday Anagaba ... 149 Chapter 11: Man's Inhumanity to Man Sylvester Monday Anagaba ... 153 Chapter 12: Patriotism: Illusion or Reality? Osadolor Eribo ... 157 SECTION III: COLONIAL SYSTEMS OF IMPRISONMENT: GENDER, POVERTY AND MENTAL HEALTH IN PRISON Chapter 13: Nigerian Penal Interactions Viviane Saleh-Hanna ... 173 Chapter 14: Women's Rights behind Walls Mechthild Nagel ... 223 Chapter 15: Nigerian Women in Prison: Hostages in Law Biko Agozino ... 245 Chapter 16: Protecting the Human Rights of People with Mental Health Disabilities in African Prisons Uju Agomoh ... 267 SECTION IV: RESISTANCE Chapter 17: Women, Law, and Resistance in Northern Nigeria: Understanding the Inadequacies of Western Scholarship Viviane Saleh-Hanna ... 293 Chapter 18: Fela Kuti's Wahala Music: Political Resistance through Song Viviane Saleh-Hanna ... 355 SECTION V: STEPPING BEYOND THE COLONIAL PENAL BOX: AFRICAN JUSTICE MODELS AND PENAL ABOLITIONISM Chapter 19: Alternatives to Imprisonment: Community Service Orders in Africa Chukwuma Ume ... 379 Chapter 20: The Igbo Indigenous Justice System O. Oko Elechi ... 395 Chapter 21: Penal Abolitionist Theories and Ideologies Viviane Saleh-Hanna ... 417 Chapter 22: The Tenth International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA X) Viviane Saleh-Hanna ... 457 Index ... 489

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  • ISBN13: 9780776606668
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 534
  • ID: 9780776606668
  • weight: 659
  • ISBN10: 0776606662

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