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Thousands of Cameroonian women played an essential role in the radically anti-colonial nationalist movement led by the Union of the Populations of Cameroon (UPC): they were the women of the Democratic Union of Cameroonian Women (UDEFEC). Drawing on women nationalistsí petitions to the United Nations, one of the largest collections of political documents written by African women during the decolonization era, as well as archival research and oral interviews, this work shows how UDEFEC transcended ethnic, class, education and social divides, and popularized nationalism in both urban and rural areas through the Trust Territories of the Cameroons under French and British administration. Foregrounding issues such as economic autonomy and biological and agricultural fertility, UDEFEC politics wove anti-imperial democracy and notions of universal human rights into locally rooted political cultures and histories. UDEFECís history sheds light on the essential components of womenís successful political mobilization in Africa, and contributes to the discussion of womenís involvement in nationalist movements in formerly colonized territories.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. 2
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. 3
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Introduction Cameroonian Women and the Writing of a Popular Nationalism
  2. pp. 1-30
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  1. 2. Ruben Um Nyobé and the Multi-Layered Origins of the UPC And UDEFEC
  2. pp. 31-46
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  1. 3. UDEFEC’s Political Awakening
  2. pp. 47-64
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  1. 4. The Official Ban of the Nationalist Movement, And Reorganization in the Maquis
  2. pp. 65-86
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  1. Chapter 5 - From the City to the Village: The Rejection of the Colonial Curse
  2. pp. 87-124
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  1. 6. Conclusion. Towards a Nation of Outsiders
  2. pp. 125-144
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 145-157
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  1. Back Cover
  2. p. 170
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789956728558
Related ISBN
9789956728053
MARC Record
OCLC
834608015
Pages
168
Launched on MUSE
2013-06-30
Language
English
Open Access
No
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