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This is a comprehensive text on the function of thought in the history and political sociology of Cameroon. The book brings out how the �hidden hand of history� fashions a political thought which, in turn, creates its own history. Instead of Cameroonians making history, history makes Cameroonians. The book shows how political ideas are fashioned in a post-colonial context in which Europeans impose a superordinate arrangement on a people together with its philosophers. �Thinking the nation� in Cameroon on behalf of Europeans, especially after the leaders of the national liberation struggle were all eliminated, European philosophers put in place a �repressive machine� under which Cameroonians were subjected between 1958 and 1990. Repression gave way to a refined form of enslavement � a modernised version of slavery. Cameroonians joined the bandwagon and have been producing and reproducing Western industrial economies while day-dreaming of what they will never become. The whole idea of nation-building in post-colonial Africa is put in question. This book offers students of political studies, sociology, anthropology and history compelling evidence to grapple with questions as to whether Cameroon is a state or a nation and questions of sovereignty and citizenship.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Corrigendum
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Definitions of Concepts
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Chapter One - The Fault Starts at Birthing a Nation facing a Historical Challenge
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Chapter Two - Um Nyobe’s Political Philosophy within the UPC National Liberation Struggle
  2. pp. 23-44
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  1. Chapter Three - Ahmadou Ahidjo’s Political Ideas for Nation-Building
  2. pp. 45-74
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  1. Chapter Four - Paul Biya’s New Deal Political Philosophy for Nation-Building
  2. pp. 75-120
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  1. Chapter Five - The lethargy of a Post-colonial Political Experiment
  2. pp. 121-162
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  1. Chapter Six - The Pitfalls that thwarted the configuration of a nation in Cameroon
  2. pp. 163-176
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 177-188
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789956764617
Related ISBN
9789956763443
MARC Record
OCLC
964596850
Pages
204
Launched on MUSE
2016-12-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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