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Author Fokwang, Jude Thaddeus Dingbobga.

Title Mediating legitimacy : chieftaincy and democratisation in two African chiefdoms / Jude Fokwang
Published Bamenda, Cameroon : Langaa RPCIG ; [East Lansing, Mich.] : Distributed in N. America by Michigan State University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 124 pages)
Series Langaa & African Studies Centre
African Studies Centre research series.
Summary This study analyses the effects of democratic transition in two African countries-Cameroon and South Africa-on chiefs and the institution of chieftainship. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, the monograph explores the cultural and socio-political conditions that enabled chiefs to reinvent themselves in the new era of democratic politics despite their status as 'old political actors'. It explores the kinds of legitimacies claimed by chiefs in the new era and the responses of their subjects to such claims, particularly with respect to chiefs' involvement in national politics. The monograph makes a case for the importance of comparative research on chiefs in the era of democracy and the predicaments they face therein. It contends that contrary to exhortations about the incompatibility of chiefs and democracy, the reality is that political transition in both South Africa and Cameroon produced contradictions, creating space and a role for chiefs in a fascinating and negotiated interplay of legitimacies and history
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 118-124)
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Subject Chiefdoms -- Cameroon -- History.
Chiefdoms -- South Africa -- History.
Democracy -- Cameroon.
Democracy -- South Africa.
Political customs and rites -- Cameroon.
Political customs and rites -- South Africa.
Tribal government -- Cameroon.
Tribal government -- South Africa.
Cameroon -- Politics and government.
Cameroon -- Social conditions.
South Africa -- Politics and government.
South Africa -- Social conditions.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789956716005 (electronic bk.)
9956716006 (electronic bk.)