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Gender Relations in Cameroon

Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Emmanuel Yenshu Vubo

Publication Year: 2016

This book examines some facets of gender relations in Cameroon ñ symmetry in male-female relationships, womenís access to land in traditional society, socialization into gender roles through language textbooks in schools, the association life of women, widowhood and inheritance, social capital and entrepreneurship, husband-wife relations in early German colonial encounters ñ as socially and historically constructed realities from a multidisciplinary perspective, bringing together some social sciences and humanities. The studies point to the fact that these relations are as much rooted in traditions and customs fashioned in several benchmark epochs in African history ñ arming women with formidable social and cultural capitals or making of them victims of social structures over which they have little control ñ as they are constantly evolving in contemporary times and transforming women into agents in their own affairs as well as those of the new societies in the making.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title page

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p. i-i

Copyright page

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p. ii-ii

Contents

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p. iii-iii

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General Introduction

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pp. v-ix

Since the question of gender made its way into social science and public debate, it has been the subject of varying interpretations. It has also become the object of political discourses, administrative institutionalization, militant sloganeering from activists and ...

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1. Pour une socio-anthropologie des rapports sociaux de sexe: à propos d’un modèle symétrique

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pp. 1-23

Au Cameroun, les études sur le facteur dit genre ont toujours constitué une part importante des travaux de sciences sociales, en général, et ceux de sociologie et d’anthropologie, en particulier. Ces recherches ont souvent eu pour préoccupations majeures la place de ...

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2. Le monde du langage et le langage du monde : se construire à partir d’une faille

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pp. 25-53

Selon Adam Schaaff, le langage influence notre mode de perception du monde. Reflet spécifique de la réalité, il « est également le créateur de notre image du monde. Dans ce sens, le créateur de notre image du monde est du moins dans une certaine mesure, fonction de ...

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3. Associations d’entraide « pouakone » et développement communautaire dans le Noun

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pp. 55-76

A partir des années 80, on peut dire que l’échec des Etats africains issus des indépendances est reconnu dans les domaines essentiels : économiques, culturels, politiques, etc. Ils sont dès lors soumis à des politiques d’ajustement qui aggravent leur situation. Les politiques ...

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4. Gender and Rural Economy in the Wimbum Society, Cameroon: Perceptions, Practices and the Land Question

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pp. 77-92

The social construction of gender roles has profound implications for the participation of women and men in the economy. This construction has led to gender inequality in economic structures, policies and forms of productive work. However women and men ...

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5. Female Inheritance between Customary Law and Modern Jurisprudence: the Case of Cameroon

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pp. 93-122

A combination of received European laws and local customary laws regulate aspects of life in contemporary in contemporary African communities. The indigenous customary laws already existing at the time of reception of European laws have persisted outside the scope ...

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6. Gender, Social Capital and Entrepreneurship in Cameroon

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pp. 123-150

In sub-Saharan Africa as elsewhere, gender inequality has generally been unfavourable to women especially in the modern sector of the economy. According to Hersch (1991), women have traditionally been confined to two types of productive activities, one in the market ...

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7. Écriture coloniale et situation de la femme: Une lecture analytique de Durchs unbekannte Kamerun. Beiträge zur deutschen Kulturarbeit in Afrika de Lene Haase

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pp. 151-174

L’écriture féminine est généralement caractérisée par un engagement en faveur des femmes par rapport aux problèmes qu’elles rencontrent dans la société (exclusion, discrimination, manque d’autonomie, etc.). La femme a souvent été reléguée au second plan. Même dans la ,,,

Notes on Contributors

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pp. 175-176

Back cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956728145
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956727476

Page Count: 188
Publication Year: 2016