The Igbo in an Age of Globalization
This book is about the Igbo people of Southeastern Nigeria and their changing ways of life in a globalized world. Here we conceive globalization as "the compression of the world and the intensification of consciousness of the world as a whole." While change is as constant as the human journey from the moment of conception to the point of death, European colonialism starting from the late nineteenth century brought new dynamics that would change the face of Africa forever. Yet, the past five decades have revealed that the new pace of change is not slowing down soon. New technological breakthroughs and swift means of communication have facilitated the interaction of peoples from all corners of the world with exchange of cultures and ideas at a pace never experienced in history. While the result of globalization, in all its meanings, has been both exciting and confounding, concerns have arisen as to the manner with which Western cultural trends have permeated all corners of the globe with powerful potency. The various chapters in this book mirror both the observations and anxieties held by students of Igbo studies as alien habits and forces continue to infuse into the Igbo society; remaking the indigenous people’s ways of life in diverse ways.
Goldline and Jacobs Publishing