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Author Aseh, Nfamewih, author.

Title Political Philosophies and Nation-Building in Cameroon Grounds for Remaking the Postcolony / Aseh Andrew
Published Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, 2016
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (204 pages)
Contents Preface -- Corrigendum -- Definition of concepts -- Fault start at birthing a national facing a historical challenge -- Um Nyobe's political philosophy within the UPC national liberation struggle -- Ahmadou Ahidjo's political ideas for nation-building -- Paul Biya's new deal political philosophy for nation-building -- The lethargy of a post-colonial political experiment -- The pitfalls that thwarted the configuration of a nation in Cameroon
Summary This is a comprehensive text on the function of thought in the history and political sociology of Cameroon. The book brings out how the "hidden hand of history" fashions a political thought which, in turn, creates its own history. Instead of Cameroonians making history, history makes Cameroonians. The book shows how political ideas are fashioned in a post-colonial context in which Europeans impose a superordinate arrangement on a people together with its philosophers. "Thinking the nation" in Cameroon on behalf of Europeans, especially after the leaders of the national liberation struggle were all eliminated, European philosophers put in place a "repressive machine" under which Cameroonians were subjected between 1958 and 1990. Repression gave way to a refined form of enslavement - a modernised version of slavery. Cameroonians joined the bandwagon and have been producing and reproducing Western industrial economies while day-dreaming of what they will never become. The whole idea of nation-building in post-colonial Africa is put in question. This book offers students of political studies, sociology, anthropology and history compelling evidence to grapple with questions as to whether Cameroon is a state or a nation and questions of sovereignty and citizenship
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-188)
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject National liberation movements -- Cameroon
Nationalism -- Cameroon
Political sociology.
Cameroon -- Politics and government -- 1982- -- Philosophy
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789956764617