Men in the middle : leadership and role conflict in a Nigerian society

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By
Alvin Magid
Publisher
Manchester University Press Africana Pub. Co. 1976

This book is a case study of role conflict surrounding local officials in the Idoma tribe of northern Nigeria. It is a welcome addition to the small volume of literature available on this society and Nigeria's Middle Belt area in general.

The author examines previous research into role conflict in Africa and elsewhere; the organisation of the pre-colonial Idoma society; administration during colonial period; the social backgrounds of the local Idoma officials since independence, and the means by which thy came to hold office.

Role perceptions in selected situations are analysed in relation to the practice of making scapegoats of local officials by people frustrated with local government status quo.