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Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Aboriginal Child at School     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
About Performance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Access     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 25)
ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Acta Academica     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Acta Universitaria     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Adeptus     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Advocate: Newsletter of the National Tertiary Education Union     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
African Historical Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
AFRREV IJAH : An International Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Agriculture and Human Values     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Akademika : Journal of Southeast Asia Social Sciences and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Aldébaran     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Alterstice : Revue internationale de la recherche interculturelle     Open Access  
Altre Modernità     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Amaltea. Revista de mitocrítica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
American Imago     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
American Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
American Review of Canadian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Anabases     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Analyse & Kritik. Zeitschrift für Sozialtheorie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Anglo-Saxon England     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 35)
Antik Tanulmányok     Full-text available via subscription  
Antipode     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 56)
Anuario Americanista Europeo     Open Access  
Arbutus Review     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Argumentation et analyse du discours     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Ars & Humanitas     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Artefact : Techniques, histoire et sciences humaines     Open Access  
Artes Humanae     Open Access  
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37)
Asia Europe Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Behaviour & Information Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 53)
Behemoth     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Belin Lecture Series     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Bereavement Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Cahiers de praxématique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cankiri Karatekin University Journal of Faculty of Letters     Open Access  
Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Child Care     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Choreographic Practices     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Chronicle of Philanthropy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Claroscuro     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Cogent Arts & Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Colloquia Humanistica     Open Access  
Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Comprehensive Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Congenital Anomalies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Conservation Science in Cultural Heritage     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Cornish Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Creative Industries Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Critical Arts : South-North Cultural and Media Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Crossing the Border : International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Cuadernos de historia de España     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cultural History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 56)
Culturas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Culture, Theory and Critique     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Daedalus     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Dandelion : Postgraduate Arts Journal & Research Network     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Death Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Digital Humanities Quarterly     Open Access   (Followers: 55)
Digital Studies / Le champ numerique     Open Access  
Diogenes     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Doct-Us Journal     Open Access  
Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Dergisi / Dokuz Eylül University Journal of Humanities     Open Access  
Dorsal Revista de Estudios Foucaultianos     Open Access  
e-Hum : Revista das Áreas de Humanidade do Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Early Modern Culture Online     Open Access   (Followers: 35)
Égypte - Monde arabe     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Eighteenth-Century Fiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
Éire-Ireland     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
En-Claves del pensamiento     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Enfoques     Open Access  
Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Études arméniennes contemporaines     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Études canadiennes / Canadian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Études de lettres     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
European Journal of Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
European Journal of Social Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Expositions     Full-text available via subscription  
Fronteras : Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Frontiers in Digital Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences     Hybrid Journal  
GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
German Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
German Studies Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 27)
Germanic Review, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Globalizations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Gothic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Gruppendynamik und Organisationsberatung     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Habitat International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Hacettepe Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Heritage & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
History of Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Hopscotch: A Cultural Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Human Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Human Nature     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Human Performance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Human Remains and Violence : An Interdisciplinary Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Human Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
humanidades     Open Access  
Humanitaire     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Humanities Diliman : A Philippine Journal of Humanities     Open Access  
Hungarian Cultural Studies     Open Access  
Hungarian Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
Ibadan Journal of Humanistic Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
Inkanyiso : Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Insaniyat : Journal of Islam and Humanities     Open Access  
Inter Faculty     Open Access  
Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Arab Culture, Management and Sustainable Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
International Journal of Heritage Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Humanities of the Islamic Republic of Iran     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
International Journal of Listening     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of the Classical Tradition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
ÍSTMICA. Revista de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Jangwa Pana     Open Access  
Jewish Culture and History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Journal de la Société des Américanistes     Open Access  
Journal des africanistes     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines     Hybrid Journal  
Journal for Cultural Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal for General Philosophy of Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal for New Generation Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism     Hybrid Journal  
Journal for Semitics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Journal Of Advances In Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Aesthetics & Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 22)
Journal of African American Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of African Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of African Elections     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Arts & Communities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 21)
Journal of Arts and Social Sciences     Open Access  
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Cultural Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Cultural Geography     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 35)
Journal of Developing Societies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Family Theory & Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Franco-Irish Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Happiness Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Journal of Interactive Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Intercultural Communication Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Journal of Intercultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Interdisciplinary History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Labor Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Medical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 33)
Journal of Modern Greek Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Modern Jewish Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Open Humanities Data     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Semantics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Visual Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Journal Sampurasun : Interdisciplinary Studies for Cultural Heritage     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Jurisprudence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Jurnal Ilmu Sosial dan Humaniora     Open Access  
Jurnal Pendidikan Humaniora : Journal of Humanities Education     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Jurnal Sosial Humaniora     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
L'Orientation scolaire et professionnelle     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
La lettre du Collège de France     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Lagos Notes and Records     Full-text available via subscription  
Language and Intercultural Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Language Resources and Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Law and Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Law, Culture and the Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Le Portique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Leadership     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 38)
Legal Ethics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Legon Journal of the Humanities     Full-text available via subscription  
Letras : Órgano de la Facultad de Letras y Ciencias Huamans     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Literary and Linguistic Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe     Open Access  
Lwati : A Journal of Contemporary Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Measurement     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Medical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Medieval Encounters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Médiévales     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Mélanges de la Casa de Velázquez     Partially Free  
Memory Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 34)
Mens : revue d'histoire intellectuelle et culturelle     Full-text available via subscription  

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Ibadan Journal of Humanistic Studies
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ISSN (Print) 2141-9744
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  • Religious Institutions and Empowerment: The Case of Indigenous Religions
           in Ghana
    • Authors: S Awuah-Nyamekye
      Abstract: The relevance of institutions, in terms of directing or influencing both collective and individual actions in societies, cannot be overemphasized. It is not a coincidence, therefore, that a lot of literature emphasizing the role of institutions in directing social interactions abounds. This paper examines the role of indigenous religious institutions in the empowerment of people using the indigenous/traditional religions in Ghana as a case study. In this study, indigenous institutions refer to the structures or strategies including the worldview, beliefs and practices, customs, norms, values, etc. that are designed to empower and at the same time regulate the general attitudes and actions of people in a society. In traditional or indigenous African societies, such institutions are usually underpinned by the local religious thought. Sadly, the importance attached to traditional religious institutions in empowering people is no longer as great as it used to be due to factors such as the weakening of indigenous African religions, which form the basis of many of the traditional institutions in African societies. But this study argues that indigenous religious institutions are important resources which, when well developed, can continue to empower the people, especially the indigenous people, to improve upon their livelihoods. They should, therefore, not be allowed to disintegrate, since this will worsen the plight of the indigenous peoples.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • Interpreting “Sodom and Gomorrah” Passages in the Context of
           Homosexuality Controversy: A Nigerian Perspective
    • Authors: SO Olanisebe
      Abstract: The issue of human sexuality, as a complex issue, has been a controversial one from time immemorial. Scholars have appealed to various evidences to support their arguments for or against any sexual issues they are interested in. One of the passages used to support or argue against homosexuality, for instance, is Genesis 19 which contains the story of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. Traditionally, Sodom and Gomorrah were known and described as cities which God destroyed because of their sin of homosexuality. To call a man a „Sodomite‟ is to refer to the person as a homosexual. This has been the interpretation of the Church until recently when certain scholars began to challenge this interpretation. Such scholars interpret Genesis 19 differently in contrast to the orthodox interpretation. The sin of the people of Sodom is “inhospitality and not homosexuality” as this new interpretation proposes. Hence, this paper seeks to examine some of the passages relating to Sodom and Gomorrah in the Old Testament and New Testament in order to assert the validity, or otherwise, of the two interpretations given above. The methodology adopted is linguistic and exegetical analysis. The study maintains that top on the list of sins in Genesis 19 is homosexuality as clearly stated in the passage. It concludes that since the two angels came to Lot and not to the men of Sodom, the people could not have been guilty of inhospitality as being suggested by scholars like Derrick Bailey, Bartlett and Phyllis Bird. It concludes on a strong note that homosexuality is absolutely unacceptable to the Nigerian or African mentality.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • Tanure Ojaide‟s Poetry and the Animal Kingdom Paradigm
    • Authors: K Eke
      Abstract: One of the main reasons why Ojaide’s poetry will continue to appeal to readers is his presentation of models of justice. This paper stresses that the poet draws his models from the animal kingdom. To be specific, Ojaide sees the animal kingdom as a place where the principles of socialism and collective responsibility are realised. Concerning the animal world, the poet admires the birds because they all have equal rights and freedom of flight. Besides, the poet does not hide his admiration for ants because they conduct themselves far better than can be imagined. In this regard, the work load of one ant is not heavier than that of another ant. It is our considered opinion that the poet identifies the animal kingdom as a paradigm of justice. This is because it is an environment where basic needs are provided; individual talents are realised without being held back by the unhealthy capitalist competition of the human community.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • Poetics and Subjectivity in Contemporary Nigerian Poetry: Afam Akeh and
           Abubakar Othman
    • Authors: SE Egya
      Abstract: One of the features of contemporary Nigerian poetry in English is the clear thematic space it maps out for itself, namely a concern with the travails and triumphs of the ordinary people in the society. This amounts to displacing poetry and poetics from a certain level of esotericism. Since the 1970s Nigerian poets writing in English have consciously sought to make poetry less esoteric, to subject it to the service of the society, and to regard it as an artistic arm of cultural struggles in a nation often embroiled in socio-political uncertainties. Afam Akeh and Abubakar Othman, as this essay attempts to demonstrate, are two recent poets on the Nigerian literary scene who have pursued this people-oriented poetics. They have sought to use their poetry to (re-)situate themselves, and those they consider victims of a repressive establishment, in what they see as a better subject position for a proactive stance in a narrative of nationhood.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • Central Political Institutions in Benin and Balance of Power Under
           Colonial Rule
    • Authors: VO Edo, IZ Omoregie
      Abstract: The paper discusses the nature and character of central political institutions in Benin and how these institutions checkmated one another. Such institutions included the Oba, the Uzama, the Eghaevbo orders, the Edaiken, the lyoba and the state council. It dwells in particular on the place of the Iyase (Prime Minister) in checkmating the powers of the Oba during the pre-colonial period. Under the colonial dispensation, new forces emerged to challenge the authorities of the Oba. These included the emergent educated and commercial elite and, of course, the masses under the umbrella of the Benin Community Association. The essay, therefore, asserts that the monarchy was often forced to change and adapt to new developments, from the colonial period and beyond.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • Postmodernism and Organizational Culture: The Japanese Experience
    • Authors: B Brljavac
      Abstract: The paper is a critique of the postmodernism organizational culture, from the perspective of the Japanese work experience. Beginning with the broad principles of postmodernism, the author goes ahead to situate them within the specific context of the Japanese working environment. Citing some of the known authorities such as French critics, Jean François Lyotard and Jacques Derrida, the paper identifies some of the fundamental objectives of postmodernism such as the emphasis on localism, development of an idea of anti-expertise, flexibility, fragmented and democratic organizational environment and so on, which stand in contradistinction to the concepts and tenets of modernism and enlightenment based on the ideas of universal rationality, universal humanity, universally accepted methodological assumptions, and so forth. In applying the postmodernist principles to the Japanese work environment, the author highlights the outstanding advantages, while doing a critical appraisal of the inherent drawbacks.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • Philosophy, Mythology and an African Cosmological System
    • Authors: A Udefi
      Abstract: There is a tendency by some scholars, especially those professional African philosophers who belong to the analytic school of African philosophy, to deny the existence of any relationship between philosophy, myth and cosmology. Their denial is based on their characterisation of philosophy as a rational and critical inquiry, while myth and cosmology are taken by them as belonging to the realm of stories, folktales etc. created by so-called primitive or traditional society to satisfy some emotional and instinctual need. Hence, they conclude that the concepts are unrelated. However, this paper argues that there is a deeper relationship between them than is acknowledged since myth and cosmology constitute the raw material for philosophy. Again, both concepts offer a perspective for an interpretation of the world and the mysteries and phenomena of existence in general.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • "Religious" Violence in a New Democracy: A Study of the Kaduna and Jos
           Crises of 2000 and 2001
    • Authors: JC Nwaka
      Abstract: The expectation of a peaceful and stable Nigeria with democratic experimentation was dashed when, at the dawn of the 21st century democratization, the country began to witness a resurgence of violent uprisings particularly of religious character. Using the Kaduna and Jos crises of 2000 and 2001, respectively, as case studies, this paper examines the interconnectedness between an apparently religion-oriented violence and the process of re-democratization in Nigeria. The paper found explanation for violence of such character in religious manipulations of the period which are made possible in Nigeria by first, the nature of democracy itself; second, opportunities created by the new democratic dispensation; third, the inability of democratic regimes to generate and spread dividends of democracy; and lastly, the religious composition of the country. The paper concludes that, although they seem to wear a religious toga, these violent eruptions are more political in character and orientation.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • Nigerian Women, HIV/AIDS, and the Quest for Social Justice
    • Authors: BA Lanre-Abass
      Abstract: Worldwide, the HIV health risk for women is rising. This risk is compounded by the gendered nature of poverty, whereby women are typically the poorest members of impoverished communities. The fact that poverty increases vulnerability to HIV infection makes Nigerian women particularly at risk, biologically and socially. They have less secure employment, lower incomes, less access to formal social security, less entitlement to asset and savings and little or no power to negotiate safe sex. It is against this background that this paper examines the effect of poverty on the health of many Nigerian women. It underscores the fact that many responses to HIV and AIDS do not adequately address unequal power relations that increase women’s vulnerability. The paper argues that the health burden placed on Nigerian women by HIV and AIDS and its attendant effects can be addressed by emphasizing the idea of social justice, directed at the ultimate goal development. It aims at improving and enhancing the quality of life of all persons by emphasizing issues of respect for human rights, dignity and fundamental freedom. The paper concludes by stressing that since a major requirement of social justice entails respecting people’s rights, there should be attitudinal change among people particularly those that discriminate against HIV positive women and the victims of full-blown AIDS.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • Yoruba Idea of the Good Life in Ifa Literary Corpus: A
           Critical Analysis
    • Authors: O Adegbindin
      Abstract: Yorùbá ethics is predicated on the logic of Yorùbá metaphysics or ontology, which reflects the deity-mortal relationship that rules the lives of the Yorùbá. This also accentuates the fact that Yorùbá ethical systems congeal into the practical application of aspects of reality to the field of human conduct. This paper draws largely on Ifá, both as a complete Yorùbá philosophy and a primordial moral theorist, and questions the spurious impression that religion is the foundation of morality. The paper goes on to demonstrate how Ifá oral text amplifies the wider consequences of certain ethical teachings in order to secure a viable social order.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • Embodied Memory: A Trauma-Theoretical Approach to Chukwuma Okoye‟s We
           the Beast
    • Authors: S Cole
      Abstract: Chukwuma Okoye’s We the Beast is a dramatic text which explores the historical trauma of the 1967-70 Nigerian Civil War and the impact of the accompanying violence on the individual and the family. Analogous to writings on the Holocaust, Okoye’s dramatized history, grounded in the victim’s testimonies, enacts a complex politics of cultural memory which collapses the personal and the political, the private and the public, the physical and the psychological, through figured violations of bodies and psyches.
      This discussion focuses on the trope of trauma and testimony, deployed in the play as the symbol of the repression of the individual and the communal memories of the war, and the haunting return of those memories that demand the individual and the community’s awareness and attentiveness. Representing creative strength on the basis of the emotional and visceral truth of suffering, the play seeks to break away from the endless cycle of oppressive and prejudicial memoirs and narrative accounts of the war, therefore constructing an alternative mouthpiece of history which, at least, attempts to portray the collective and cultural voices of the traumatized.
      Establishing the thematic and stylistic characteristics of the genre proposed, it is argued that the play’s aesthetics is affected by its subject matter. Through its combination of realist dramatic conventions with trauma and hysteria, the play creates a distinct form of realism of performative malady, which is here termed ‘traumatized realism’.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • The Aesthetics of "Ladeoko Festival‟ of Isona Ward in Ilesa,
    • Authors: D Ademiju-Bepo
      Abstract: Aesthetics focuses on new ways of seeing or perceiving the world and examines what makes something beautiful, sublime, disgusting, funny, cute, entertaining, pretentious, discordant, harmonious, boring, humorous, or tragic. The ‘Ladeoko Festival is seen in the same vein that scholars of aesthetics have contended that objects are aesthetically valuable if: they possess a special aesthetic property or exhibit a special aesthetic form; they have the capacity to convey meaning or to teach general truths; they have the capacity to produce pleasure in those who experience or appreciate them; they have the capacity to convey values or beliefs central to the cultures or traditions in which they originate, or important to the artists who made them. In another vein, if the objects have the capacity: to help bring about social or political change, to produce certain emotions we value, at least when the emotion is brought about by art rather than by life, and to produce special non-emotional experiences, such as a feeling of autonomy or the ‘willing suspension of disbelief’, they are equally capable of offering aesthetic satisfaction. We see this communal festival, the ‘Ladeoko Festival’, as a paradigm of African choreo-musical performance spiced with drama, a cultural heritage festival with aesthetic and theatrical dimensions.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • Designing for Outdoor Musical Performances in Nigeria
    • Authors: AS Orisaremi
      Abstract: This essay discusses theatre technology as the bedrock of outdoor musical performances, which attract more followership than other forms of concert in Nigeria. The work takes into consideration our local environments in the course of planning and execution. Relevant factors towards a successful staging of outdoor musical performances such as security, stage setting and the aural environment are discussed as focal points for consideration. The categorization of practising professionals in the field of entertainment technology is done to assist in understanding the operational principles of the practice. Based on non-idealistic empiricism and with particular reference to the 2011 Havana Outdoor Concert in Ibadan, analysis is made of the environment as presented in a floor plan designed by the present writer to situate the event within the physical structure of the overall environment.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • The Female Gender as a Political "Other": An ideological Reading of
           Aristophanes' Lysistrata
    • Authors: EF Taiwo
      Abstract: The concept of Otherness is the process by which societies and groups exclude 'Others' whom they want to subordinate or who do not fit into their society/group. The ancient Greek society was one of such in which the female gender was perceived as being in contradistinction to the masculinity of the ‘Greek Glory’. Aristophanes’ Lysistrata portrays the gender politics or battle of the sexes, an exposé of the gender role contradictions in the ancient Greek society. This paper attempts a reading of the play within the context of the perceptions and receptions of such feminist/gender polemics and in the light of contemporary ideological hermeneutics.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • Classical Etymologies of Select Gynaecological and Ophthalmic Terminology
    • Authors: OA Akinboye
      Abstract: Most modern medical terms have been derived largely from Greek and Latin languages. From time to time, these terms have been, and continue to be, filtered or modified by scientists to reflect new advances being made in the medical field. In early times, many terms were traced to the treatises of early Greek and Roman physicians such as Hippocrates, Galen and Celsus, who were famous doctors in antiquity. This paper attempts to identify, through the philological and semantic methods, the Classical stories and linguistic history that surround the etymology of some selected modern gynaecological and ophthalmic terms. It argues that many of these medical terms have interesting beginnings and do not just exist in isolation. The paper aptly reveals the profundity of ancient physicians’ thoughts and observations, notwithstanding the gulf of time and space between them and their modern counterparts. This etymological exercise is useful for a deeper understanding of many modern medical terms because, as Auguste Comte is quoted as saying, ‘science is not known well until its history is known.’ This is the fundamental objective of this article, which is both exciting and revealing.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • Religio-Cultural and Poetic Constructions of the Subaltern African Woman
    • Authors: R Sanusi, W Olayinka
      Abstract: The colonial experience, particularly the introduction of Christianity and Islam in Africa, altered the African socio-cultural equation and ways of life. European and Arab missionaries diligently spread their religious beliefs which fused with some African cultural practices and subsequently determined the status of African women, in particular. Suffice it to say that colonialism, Christianity and Islam masculinised any territory upon which they inflicted themselves and dismantled the matriarchal system that mutually coexisted with patriarchy in some pre-colonial African societies. They also provided an ideological framework for the social roles of women, which subordinated them to their male counterparts. Besides, the poetic constructions of African women on the literary platform of Negritude largely contributed in reinforcing this subaltern image and secondary roles ascribed to African women, heightened by colonialism and promoted by new religious doctrines and practices. The textual representation of African women as mothers, in terms of their nurturing capabilities, placed them in an essentially problematic position, and conferred on them a purely domestic role. It is quite cheering to note, however, that this unhealthy subordination of the African woman is rapidly giving way to the notion of gender equity, founded on new religio-cultural principles, and facilitated by women’s access to western education, modernization, and the systematic ‘éboulement’ or dismantling of the African patriarchal culture.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • An Inferential Model Analysis of Yoruba Proverbs with Leadership Lexis
    • Authors: JA Ogunwale
      Abstract: This study attempts to illustrate what the traditional lore, otherwise known as proverbs, can achieve in the management and maintenance of leadership position or status in the society. The description of leadership roles, its positions, responsibilities, qualities, hazards and benefits, among other relevant issues, are extracted from the purposively selected Yorùbá proverbs which contain words that reflect leadership roles and status. These morphological encodings and their semantic values are discussed within the semantic framework of Inferential Model Analysis. The study concludes that the causes of most industrial disharmony, political instability and unhealthy co-existence in our contemporary societies are traceable to the lack of proper understanding of the leadership ethics and the paucity of knowledge about followership responsibilities as contained in many African proverbs. In this study, therefore, attention is drawn to the factors of the efficacy of the African native language usage and the relevance of a spectrum of culture in Management and Administration.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • Negative Polarity Items in the Ao Dialect of Yoruba
    • Authors: O Taiwo
      Abstract: This paper discusses negative polarity items in the Ào dialect of Yorùbá, one of the three major languages spoken in Nigeria. Earlier works on the dialect revealed that it does not have independent negative markers unlike the situation in standard Yorùbá. However, in the dialect, some items have been identified which are inherently negative in that their occurrence in a construction and in most cases, in isolation, denotes negation. These are unrunkúnrun (‘nothing’), ọnikọ́ni (‘any person/no body’), urájékírájé (‘any person/useless person’), gédégédé (‘not at all’), and gbẹ́dọ̀ (‘must not’). They are referred to as negative polarity items in this work. We examine their distribution in this paper, vis-à-vis other functors that double as negative markers in the dialect.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • The Nigerian Statements of Accounting Standards and Ribh (Profit) in an
           Islamic Economy
    • Authors: MK Kareem
      Abstract: As a measure of productivity and as an essential prerequisite for investment, profit is universal and fundamental to economic activities. A lot of research conducted over the years on Islamic finance and interest-based economic-system has been concerned basically with the macro-economic variable-interest (ribā). However, the subject, profit (ribh), in relation to both conventional and Islamic accounting standards, has almost totally been neglected. This paper, therefore, investigates the determination of profit in line with the Nigerian Statements of Accounting Standards (SAS), conventional economics and Islamic economic perspectives. Relevant provisions stated in SAS 1 as regards the determination of profit are also applicable in an Islamic economic system. However, Islamic accounting uses both historical cost concept and current valuation inasmuch as the items considered are Sharī‘ah-compliant. Risk alone, or risk and sacrifice, cannot make one entitled to profit. The paper makes a clear distinction between interest and profit and states why the former is not allowed in Islamic Banking. The cause of profit should be sales and services. Interest-based income and expenses that are recognised in SAS and conventional economics for profit determination are prohibited in Islamic accounting. Profit sharing ratio is mutually agreed upon between the financiers and the finance users in some Islamic financial products, while the buyer is not informed of the actual cost and the profit margins in other products.
      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
  • Book Review: Tekena Tamuno's Lamentations of Yeske and Wisdom of the
    • Authors: MM Umukoro
      Abstract: Lamentations of Yeske and Wisdom of the Elders
      Author: Tekena Tamuno
      Publishers: Stirling-Horden (Nigeria) Limited

      PubDate: 2013-01-23
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 1 (2013)
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