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GENDER RELATIONS IN CAMEROON Multidisciplinary Perspectives EDITED BY Emmanuel Yenshu Vubo GENDER RELATIONS IN CAMEROON Multidisciplinary Perspectives E DITED BY Emmanuel Yenshu Vubo Langaa Research & Publishing Common Initiative Group P.O. Box 902 Mankon Bamenda North West Region Cameroon This book examines some facets of gender relations in Cameroon – symmetry in male-female relationships, women’s 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 – 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 – arming women with formidable social and cultural capitals or making of them victims of social structures over which they have little control – as they are constantly evolving in contemporarytimesandtransformingwomenintoagentsintheir own affairs as well as those of the new societies in the making. * * * EMMANUEL YENSHU VUBO, who holds the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR) from the Université de FrancheComt é, Besançon, is Professeur des universités (Sociology, Demography) and lectures at the University of Buea, Cameroon. He has served as Head of Department of Sociology and Anthropology and is currently Vice-Dean in charge of Research and Cooperation at the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences of the same university. He is author of STATE OF A UNION: THEHALFCENTURYOFCAMEROON’SBICULTURALEXPERIENCE(Langaa2012). ...


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