Becoming Nigerian in Ijo society /
Marida Hollos and Philip E. Leis.
New Brunswick [N.J.] : Rutgers University Press, c1989.
xxii, 167 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. --
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New Brunswick [N.J.] : Rutgers University Press, c1989.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 159-161.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-11:
In this book, Hollos and Leis compare the life of adolescents in two Ijo communities that contrast in size, outside communication links, affluence, homogeneity, and descent rules, though generally showing cultural similarity. The patterns of the larger community seem to be more vividly drawn. The book provides a useful perspective on an alternative way of being an adolescent. The extensive descriptive materials will be useful to the comparativist concerned with life stages, intergenerational and peer relations, and gender values and sexuality among individuals defined as adolescents by a physiological growth measure. It is an effective study of how the extended family continues to function as an important identification and support unit as people grow up seeking autonomy in an uncertain personal future in Nigeria. The recent invention in Ijo society of an adolescent stage, because of emphasis on schooling, has not altered the significant place of extended kin ties in sustaining the maturing person. Limited list of references, map, diagrams, tables. College and university libraries. -R. J. Kurtz, Grinnell College
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