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Mobility as the driving force of armed conflict
In Mobility, Mobilization, and Counter/Insurgency, Daniel Agbiboa takes African insurgencies back to their routes by providing a transdisciplinary perspective on the centrality of mobility to the strategies of insurgents, state security forces, and civilian populations caught in conflict. Drawing on one of the world’s deadliest insurgencies, the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, this well-crafted and richly nuanced intervention offers fresh insights into how violent extremist organizations exploit forms of local immobility and border porosity to mobilize new recruits, how the state’s “war on terror” mobilizes against so-called subversive mobilities, and how civilian populations in transit are treated as could-be terrorists and subjected to extortion and state-sanctioned violence en route. The multiple and intersecting flows analyzed here upend Eurocentric representations of movement in Africa as one-sided, anarchic, and dangerous. Instead, this book underscores the contradictions of mobility in conflict zones as simultaneously a resource and a burden. Intellectually rigorous yet clear, engaging, and accessible, Mobility, Mobilization, and Counter/Insurgency is a seminal contribution that lays bare the neglected linkages between conflict and mobility.
“This is a well-researched and provocative narrative. Dr. Agbiboa convincingly demonstrates how specific modalities of mobility and mobilization are closely entwined in the context of violent insurgency in Northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin. This book is a remarkably urgent, impressive and constructive contribution."
—Professor Kenneth Omeje, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
“This is the fruit of superior scholarship. Agbiboa has demonstrated an encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject matter and has deployed inter-disciplinary insights and approach to illuminate the discussion of an extra-ordinarily complex subject. Scholars on the subject will have Agbiboa to thank for a seminar book that is bound to dominate literature for quite some time to come.”
—Professor Abiodun Alao, Professor of African Studies, King’s College London