Oil and the Production of Competing Subjectivities in Nigeria: ‘Platforms of Possibilities’ and ‘Pipelines of Conflict'


Adunbi, Omolade. 2011. “Oil and the Production of Competing Subjectivities in Nigeria: ‘Platforms of Possibilities’ and ‘Pipelines of Conflict.’” African Studies Review 54 (3): 101–20.

Author: Omolade Adunbi


This article examines how multinational corporations, recognizing the symbolic value of oil pipelines, flow stations, and platforms as ancestral promises of wealth to subject populations, work with NGOs and communities (sometimes in collaboration with the latter, but sometimes in a more adversarial manner) in setting up governance structures that often compete with, and sometimes oppose, the state in struggles over territorial control and resource extraction. These forms of contestations, it argues, create new sites of power in which NGOs aid multinational oil corporations in negotiating new sites of governance that in themselves create new structures of power.

Topics: Development, Economies, Extractive Industries, Governance, Infrastructure, Energy, Multi-National Corporations, NGOs Regions: Africa, West Africa Countries: Nigeria

Year: 2011

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