African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 382

Full Length Research Paper

Social capital, indigeneity and identity politics: The Jos crisis in perspective

Chris C. Ojukwu and C. A. Onifade*
Department of Communication and General Studies, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 24 March 2010
  •  Published: 31 May 2010


The thrust of the paper is to critically examine how the concept of social capital can be a useful tool in the building and advancement of peace, community trust, cooperation and access to justice in conflict-torn environments like Nigeria; that is, social capital to serve as a mechanism to mediate and/or moderate the inter and intra-communal conflicts and enhance the capacity of the Nigerian state to pursue and promote non-repressive and accommodative policies of inter-intra ethnic equity and reciprocity.


Key words: Conflicts, indigeneity, identity politics, citizenship, social capital.