Dissertations and Theses

Date of Award


Document Type




First Advisor

Leslie Paik

Second Advisor

Gabriel Haslip-Viera


oil dependency, economic development, neocolonialism, multinational corporations, nigeria


This thesis examines the social and political relationships between indigenous communities within the Nigerian Delta region and the Federal government regarding the management of petroleum resources and its implication for the general socioeconomic development of the Nigerian State. It investigates the correlation between the broader issues of sociocultural sovereignty, representation of ethnic minorities in the body politic and infrastructural development of the country. Furthermore, the thesis explores trends such as the development of native-led cultural institutions that foster the continuation of cultural praxis through the theoretical tropes of Globalization and Modernization.



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