Negotiating an Anglophone Identity: A Study of the Politics of Recognition and Representation in Cameroon

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This is a significant and timely book on the politics of belonging. It captures, with fascinating detail and insight, the current widespread disaffection with the sterile rhetoric of nation-building that has characterised much of postcolonial African politics. Until the liberation struggles of the 1990s, dictatorship only paid lip service to democracy with impunity, often by silencing those perceived to threaten national unity. Since then, individuals and groups have reactivated claims to rights and entitlements ...

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Overview

This is a significant and timely book on the politics of belonging. It captures, with fascinating detail and insight, the current widespread disaffection with the sterile rhetoric of nation-building that has characterised much of postcolonial African politics. Until the liberation struggles of the 1990s, dictatorship only paid lip service to democracy with impunity, often by silencing those perceived to threaten national unity. Since then, individuals and groups have reactivated claims to rights and entitlements and nowhere more so than in Cameroon. The book articulates the experiences and predicaments of the country's Anglophone community trapped in a marriage of inconvenience pregnant with tensions and conflicts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004132955
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/27/2003
  • Series: Afrika-Studiecentrum Series, #1
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Piet Konings, Ph.D. (1977), is a senior researcher at the Afrika-Studiecentrum in Leiden. He has published extensively on Ghana and Cameroon, including The State and Rural Class Formation in Ghana (Kegan Paul International, 1986) and Labour Resistance in Cameroon (James Currey, 1993).
Francis B. Nyamnjoh, Ph.D. (1990) in Sociology of Communication, University of Leicester, is Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Botswana. He has published extensively on Cameroon, and among his recent publications are chapters in: Henrietta Moore & Todd Sanders (eds) Magical Interpretations, Material Realities (Routledge, 2001).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
1 Political liberalisation and the mobilisation of an Anglophone identity in Cameroon 1
2 Southern Cameroons on the road to reunification and federation 22
3 The development of an Anglophone consciousness during the federal and one-party unitary state, 1961-1990 51
4 Anglophone struggles for a return to the federal state or for secession during political liberalisation, 1990-2002 76
5 Strategies of the Biya government to deconstruct the Anglophone identity 108
6 Anglophone and Francophone responses to the views of the Anglophone movements 139
7 The Anglophone struggle for the preservation of its educational and economic legacy 162
8 The Anglophone problem: Impasse and suggestions for a solution 193
References 209
Index 223
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