From Cultural Justice to Inter-Ethnic Mediation by Basil Ugorji

This book is an exception to our general rule of fictional works.It’s a book we believe will enlighten us as we see “A Reflection on the Possibility of Ethno-Religious Mediation in Africa”
unveiled by Basil Ugorji

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream
ISBN : 978-1-4327-8835-3
Pages : 232
Distributed via: Ingram, Baker & Taylor
Published by : Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication Date: Mar 09, 2012
Available in Ebook Edition

Synopsis
The struggle for cultural justice is not a question which proves to be problematic only in western countries where the claims of the “polyethnic” groups based on immigration and the “multinational” groups enter into conflict with dominant majorities. A reflection on African history and the events that occur today reveal that not only is there a real struggle for cultural justice in its various forms, but that, in addition, this struggle often leads to tribal violence and clashes, or even massacres, ethnic and religious wars, genocides.

Inspired by ethno-religious conflicts which occur in a frequent, incessant and violent manner in the contemporary Nigerian society, Basil Ugorji, the author of this book, examines the relevance of certain measures, judicial and coercive, used to resolve ethno-religious conflicts in Africa. The thesis defended is that ethno-religious conflicts in Africa require a shift at the level of research for peaceful resolution: first, from retributive justice to restorative justice, and second, from coercive method to ethno-religious mediation.

Based on the historical and political contexts (pre-colonialism, colonialism, post-independence), the author examines ethno-religious conflicts in Nigeria, with a focus on ethnic, tribal and religious groups involved in conflicts, the origins, causes, consequences, actors involved, forms and places of occurrence of ethno-religious conflicts. Finally, he conceives, develops and creates a peace education program.

About the Author: Basil Ugorji
Basil Ugorji is a graduate of the Université de Poitiers, France, where he received Master’s Degrees in Mediation and Philosophy, specializing in multiculturalism, ethno-religious mediation, conflict analysis and prevention. Originally from Nigeria, he earned his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Ibadan. Throughout the course of his studies and professional experiences, Basil has focused on conflict analysis and resolution. He was a Research Scholar at the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR), California State University Sacramento, and has worked at the United Nations Headquarters, New York as a “Political Affairs Intern”. Presently, he works as a research officer in New York.

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