Michaela Pelican

Masks and Staffs

Identity Politics in the Cameroon Grassfields

Berghahn Books 2017

Books ReceivedBooks Received: African StudiesBooks Received: AnthropologyBooks Received: SociologyNew Books Network July 19, 2017

Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley The Cameroon Grassfields, home to three ethnic groups Grassfields societies, Mbororo, and Hausa provide a valuable case study...

The Cameroon Grassfields, home to three ethnic groups Grassfields societies, Mbororo, and Hausa provide a valuable case study for the anthropological examination of identity politics and interethnic relations. In the midst of the political liberalization of Cameroon in the late 1990s and 2000s, local responses to political and legal changes took the form of a series of performative and discursive expressions of ethnicity. Confrontational encounters stimulated by economic and political rivalry, as well as socially integrative processes, transformed collective self-understanding in Cameroon in conjunction with recent global discourses on human, minority, and indigenous rights. The book provides a vital contribution to the study of ethnicity, conflict, and social change in the anthropology of Africa.

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