Female Criminality and Mob Encounters in Lagos (Nigeria) from the Neo-Liberal Era
Sharon Adetutu Omotoso
Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Institute for the Future of Knowledge, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Mutiat Titilope Oladejo
Department of History, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Temitope Yetunde Bello
Kola Daisi University, Nigeria
Gendered violence in African cities occur in various dimensions. It became rampant in the 1980s due to neo-liberal reforms. Imposing mob sanctions by denuding female suspects of crimes is a phenomenal manifestation of contemporary and urban Africa. The work uses qualitative method to analyse issues of female criminality and naked stripping of women in the cosmopolitan city of Lagos, Nigeria. With evidences of women being stripped by mobs, this study focuses on the trajectories of mob attacks and body-shaming. Stripping women naked and body-shaming feature as an expres‐ sion of power over the female victim in mob encounters. Deviance and social control theories are used to examine the relationship between female criminality and nudity. Although largely deployed to deter crime, this study establishes denuding of women during mob justice is under-researched and consequently, a signiﬁcant context to study the dynamics of gendered violence.