Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Prologue

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pp. v-vi

In August 2005, I participated at the Pan African Anthropological Association’s 15th anniversary conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon. This conference was unique because it devoted a special session on the much-debated question of traditional leadership in Africa, and perhaps unprecedentedly, invited a select number of chiefs ...

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Preface

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pp. vii-viii

During the 1990s, most African countries experienced what has been termed their ‘second independence’ (Hyden and Bratton 1992), a period of political upheaval and socio-economic turmoil that led to the introduction of democratic structures across the continent. In many countries including South Africa and Cameroon, ...

List of Abbreviations

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pp. ix-x

Contents

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pp. xi-xii

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Acknowledgements

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p. xiii

This monograph owes its greatest debt to Prof. John Sharp who negotiated and obtained funding from SANPAD for the project and provided tremendous intellectual support during fieldwork and throughout the period I spent writing up my findings. Prof. Sharp accompanied me during my first trip to Venda ...

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Chapter One: Chieftaincy in contemporary perspective

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pp. 1-21

This book is a comparative study of two African chiefs and chiefdoms in the era of democratisation. It is based on fieldwork in the Tshivhase chiefdom of Venda in South Africa and the chiefdom of Bali-Nyonga in the North West Province of Cameroon. Both studies were conducted between 2001-2002, ...

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Chapter Two: Rivalry, resistance and liberation politics in Venda

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pp. 22-33

This chapter deals with the historical background to the chiefdom of Tshivhase from the eighteenth century to the end of the apartheid era in 1994. It explores the migration history of the Venda to their present site, their so-called ‘golden age’ under Thohoyandou, and their subsequent disintegration into ...

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Chapter Three: Chiefs, local government and social change in post-apartheid Tshivhase

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pp. 34-55

In the preceding chapter, I examined the role and predicament of chiefs in Venda during the pre-colonial, colonial and apartheid era. This provided the reader with the historical background to the transformations that chiefs and the masses in Venda experienced until 1994. In this chapter, I will explore the changes ...

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Chapter Four: Historical patterns on change and continuity in traditional leadership in Bali

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pp. 56-66

This chapter examines in brief, the migration history of the Chamba group during the 18th century and its present circumstances, particularly since the early 1990s. It examines the disintegration of the Chamba group into several chiefdoms, one of them being Bali Nyonga and its implications for understanding ...

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Chapter Five: Democratic transition and chiefdom politics in Bali

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pp. 67-86

The introduction of political pluralism in Cameroon in 1990 created conditions for the return of old political actors such as chiefs to the ‘national political scene’, despite the popular demand for ‘actors’ of a new kind (Geschiere 1993:151). The principal question was on what legitimacy would such ‘old actors’ play ...

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Chapter Six: Chieftaincy and democracy in comparative perspective

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pp. 87-103

In this final chapter I will focus on the comparative dimensions of the cases under study– that is, identifying and accounting for the differences and parallels that have been experienced by Tshivhase and Ganyonga with respect to social and political change in their various chiefdoms. ...

Appendix One: Genealogy of Tshivhase Chiefs

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p. 104

Appendix Two: Structure of Traditional Government in Tshivhase

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p. 105

Appendix Three: Genealogy of Bali-Nyonga Chiefs

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p. 106

Appendix Four: Structure of Traditional Government in Bali-Nyonga

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p. 107

Endnotes

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pp. 108-117

References

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pp. 118-122

Back Cover

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