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Author Argenti, Nicolas.

Title The intestines of the state : youth, violence, and belated histories in the Cameroon grassfields / Nicolas Argenti
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 362 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Centuries of youth : remembering, incorporation, and the reclamation of history -- Kings, slaves, and floating populations : discourses of centrality and marginality in the precolonial era -- Masks of terror and the subjection of cadets -- Aurora colonialis : German imperialism and the modernity of slavery -- Embodied histories : royal investiture, masking, and remembering -- From slaves to free boys : cadets' resistance to gerontocratic, colonial, and postcolonial authority -- The death of tears : mortuary rites and the indeterminacy of dance -- Dancing death : memorial celebrations, the politics of ritual laughter, and the embodied memories of youth -- Histories of the present, histories of the future
Summary The young people of the Cameroon Grassfields have been subject to a long history of violence and political marginalization. For centuries the main victims of the slave trade, they became prime targets for forced labor campaigns under a series of colonial rulers. Today?s youth remain at the bottom of the fiercely hierarchical and polarized societies of the Grassfields, and it is their response to centuries of exploitation that Nicolas Argenti takes up in this absorbing and original book. Beginning his study with a political analysis of youth in the Grassfields from the eighteenth century to the
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-345) and index
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Subject Marginality, Social -- Cameroon -- North-West Province -- History.
Oku (African people) -- History.
Oku (African people) -- Politics and government.
Oku (African people) -- Social life and customs.
Slavery -- Cameroon -- North-West Province -- History.
Young men -- Cameroon -- North-West Province -- Attitudes.
Young men -- Cameroon -- North-West Province -- Psychology.
North-West Province (Cameroon) -- History.
North-West Province (Cameroon) -- Social conditions.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0226026132 (electronic bk.)
9780226026138 (electronic bk.)