Politics of Conviviality? State–Civil Society Relations Within the Context of Counter-Terrorism in Nigeria

Emeka Thaddues Njoku

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Abstract

There are emergent interests on the dynamics of counter-terrorism measures (CTMs) at global, regional and national levels, particularly with respect to how CTMs intersect with and shape state–civil society relations. Using a descriptive research design, this study examines how the implementation of CTMs influences the dynamics of state–civil society relations in Nigeria. The stratified random sampling was used to select 205 programme officers of civil society organizations (CSOs), while purposive sampling was used to select 29 executive directors of CSOs for in-depth interviews. The descriptive statistics and content analysis were used to analyse the data. The findings show that the capacity of CSOs to contribute to CTM is shaped by the politics that places CSOs in the service of the government. Their positioning helps establish an environment of conviviality in which CSOs advance the interest of the state in the context of counter-terrorism, and in turn, the state engages and endorses CSOs. The paper argues that CTMs are increasingly impinging on the operations of CSOs in Nigeria, thus constraining the autonomous space that defines CSOs that lie at the intersection of state and society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)1063-1076
Number of pages13
JournalVoluntas
Volume31
Issue number6
Early online date24 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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