The Politics of Cultural Difference in Northern Cameroon

The Politics of Cultural Difference in Northern Cameroon

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This study, based on research spanning 25 years, focuses on the shifting patterns of social assimilation and exclusion that have characterised the inter-ethnic relations of this region for almost two centuries. The analysis is brought right up to the 1990s when the decline of the Cameroon state, linked with World Bank structural adjustment policies as well as the growing importance of ethnic associations, NGOs and international bodies has had a major impact on ethnic conflicts and political mobilisation in the region. Engaging in current debates on the 'invention' of tradition, the deconstruction of ethnicity and the nature of the modern African state, this book makes a major contribution to the analysis of ethnic politics, and the risks and possibilities of democratisation, in Africa.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20mm | 538g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748608125
  • 9780748608126

About Philip Burnham

Douglas Burnham is Professor of Philosophy at Staffordshire University and author of An Introduction to Kant's Critique of Judgement (Edinburgh University Press, 2000).
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The historical constitution of a multi-ethnic society; the Fulbe ethnic category and its incorporative potential; the Gbaya ethnic category - peripheralization or political mobilization?; the Mbororo ethnic category - distinction and exclusion; situation, agency and structure in inter-ethnic relations; violence and the politics of difference in global and local perspective; an epilogue on ethnicity.
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