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This study explores the predicament of Anglophone Cameroon ñ from the experiment in federation from 1961 to the political liberalisation struggles of the 1990s ñ to challenge claims of a successful post-independence Cameroonian integration process. Focusing on the perceptions and actions of people in the Anglophone region, Atanga argues that what has come to be called the ìAnglophone Problemî constitutes one of the severest threats to the post-colonial nation-state project in Cameroon. As a linguistic and cultural minority, Anglophone Cameroonians realised that the Francophone-led state and government were keener in assimilation than in implementing the federal and bilingual nation agreed upon at reunification in 1960. Calls for national integration became simply a subterfuge for the assimilation of Anglophones by Francophones who dominated the state and government. The book details the various measures undertaken to exploit the Anglophone regionís economy and marginalise its people. Principally the economic structures meant to facilitate self-reliant development were undermined and destroyed. Institutionalised discrimination took the form of the exclusion of Anglophones from positions of real authority, and depriving the region of any meaningful development. With the advent of multi-party politics, most Anglophone Cameroonians increasingly have made vocal demands for a return to a federation, in order to adequately guarantee their rights and recognition for them as a political and cultural minority. Actively encouraged by France, the Francophone-led regime in Cameroon has refused to yield to such demands, despite the grave danger of violent conflict and possible secession.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, About this Book
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. vi-vi
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  1. Selected Abbreviations
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-ix
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xvii-xxiii
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  1. Chapter One - General Introduction
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. Chapter Two - Colonialism and the Development of Modern Political Institutions in the Cameroons
  2. pp. 27-51
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  1. Chapter Three - The Impact of Reunification on West Cameroon
  2. pp. 53-107
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  1. Chapter Four - The Failure of National Integration: An Analysis of the Biya Regime, 1982-1993
  2. pp. 109-159
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  1. Chapter Five - Summary and Conclusion
  2. pp. 160-171
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  1. Appendix I - Constitutional Position of the Southern Cameroons in the Event of It Electing to Become Part of the Republic of Cameroon
  2. pp. 172-175
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  1. Appendix II - Open Letter to All English-Speaking parents of Cameroon from the English-Speaking Students of the North-West and South-West Provinces
  2. pp. 175-185
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  1. Appendix III - The Buea Declaration of the All Anglophone Conference
  2. pp. 186-196
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 198-215
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  1. Back cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789956726608
Related ISBN
9789956717118
MARC Record
OCLC
867785458
Pages
266
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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