Cameroon's Contemporary Culture and Politics: Prospects and Problems
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: African Books Collective
Title Page, Copyright
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Prologue: Scholarly background and research bearings
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A quarter century separates my first step on Cameroonian soil in 1989 and this reprint of my short writings from the 1990s, with my retrospective commentary on them. In its broadest terms, the book charts a decade’s cross-section of the country’s erratic recent course, which subordinates a capable citizenry’s aspirations and an ample...
Chapter 1 - Language and education: fault lines appear
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Everyone reading this book will understand Cameroon’s experience as of 1989, but a brief account of its emergence as a nation state remains in order, to prepare what follows. Colonized first by Germany for thirty years until World War I, when known as Kamerun, its conquest and divided transfer, first to French and ...
Chapter 2 - Abbia and culture’s chasms
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Bamenda was the primary site for my second project begun in 1989, the first systematic scholarship published on Abbia: Cameroon Cultural Review, a journal with forty numbers issued over twenty years, 1963-1982, appearing more frequently early than late in its life. Although...
Chapter 3 - Politics erupts
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A drastic change in Cameroon’s circumstances took place between 1989 and my next research visit there, 1991, which accounts for my own transformation, as if by catapult, from a scholar of recent culture, education, language and development into an historian of...
Epilogue - A quarter century’s perspective
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My shortest Cameroon writing is the most visceral, and appropriately concludes this volume. A third research trip, 1995, gave me the opportunity to complete the Abbia text and to move forward with research and writing on politics. Three deaths that year, Prince Dika Akwa’s, the priest-scholar...
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Three deaths within ten weeks in 1995 claimed pioneers among Cameroon’s formidable generation of men of letters, arts, and human sciences born between the wars. Father Engelbert Mveng was savagely murdered in April, in circumstances governments unlike Paul Biya’s would have judicially probed but his has not. Thomas ...
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Publication Year: 2013