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The Niger Delta, the crude oil extraction centre of Nigeria, has become an archetype of global consumption happening at the expense of local communities and habitats. Much is made of the spectacle of violence in this region: environmental devastation, local community protests and youth violence on account of the perceived injustice associated with the oil extractive industrial complex. The involvement of a global cartel of oil smuggling from this region, known as bunkering, fuels and finances local militancy, which in turn exacerbates the atmosphere of violence in this beleaguered landscape of oil.

This book provides a unique frame through which it views the cultural aspects of the oil extraction industry within societies that it operates. It highlights the complexity of the universal environmental challenge of our time, and provides three research lenses with which to understand this complex challenge: who and what are represented in this oil culture, the charged and often clashing contexts of globalised fossil fuel extraction industry versus the ecologies of directly affected people and places, and the environmental challenges that will persist as long as carbon based economies persist.

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Format : 240mm x 168mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 260
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2618-0
Publish Year : October 2022
Rights : World Rights



  1. Chapter 1: The Niger Delta: Temporality, Extraction, and the Literature of Environmental Justice
  2. Chapter 2: People, fire, and the promethean allegory in the Niger Delta: inversions in Ogaga Ifowodo’s The Oil Lamp
  3. Chapter 3: Versifying the Environment of the Niger Delta as Critique of Nationalism
  4. Chapter 4: The Currency of Resistance: Violence as Rebellion and Commodity


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Dr Philip Aghoghovwia is Senior Lecturer in The Department of English at the University of the Free State. He is a fellow of the African Humanities Program (AHP), a fellow of the DHET-Future Professoriate Programme, and NRF Y1-rated scholar. He was awarded the 2021 African Studies Association (ASA) and Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) Fellow. Aghoghovwia regularly participates in several research projects in environmental and energy humanities, including the Petrocultures Research Cluster (University of Alberta), Environmental Humanities South (University of Cape Town), and Oceanic/Hydro-Humanities (WiSER, University of the Witwatersrand) and these have produced important publications.

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