Human development in spaces of group boundaries : social and spatial borders between muslims and christians and their effects on the human development in Jos, Nigeria
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This thesis examines the social and spatial group boundaries between Muslims and Christians in Jos, Nigeria. Field work was carried out from October to December 2011. A qualitative research methodology based on semi-structured interviews, focus groups and participant observation provides the research framework of the study. Through an exploration of local perceptions on group relations between the Muslims and Christians in Jos, as well as how this relationship affects them, this thesis sheds light on the consequences group boundaries have on the human development. Moreover, the circumstances that produce, maintain and strengthen the group boundaries will be elaborated. The thesis concludes that the social and spatial boundaries between the Christians and Muslims in Jos affect the citizens’ basic freedoms and choices, thereby hindering human development in great measures. Therefore, weakening the group boundaries is essential for the human development and peace in Jos. How this can be done is also discussed in this thesis.
Master thesis in development management- University of Agder, 2012