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Author Argenti, Nicolas.

Title The intestines of the state : youth, violence, and belated histories in the Cameroon grassfields / Nicolas Argenti.

Publication Info. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007.

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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 362 pages) : illustrations, maps
Physical Medium polychrome
Description text file
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-345) and index.
Contents Centuries of youth : remembering, incorporation, and the reclamation of history -- Kings, slaves, and floating populations : discourses of centrality and marginality in the precolonial era -- Masks of terror and the subjection of cadets -- Aurora colonialis : German imperialism and the modernity of slavery -- Embodied histories : royal investiture, masking, and remembering -- From slaves to free boys : cadets' resistance to gerontocratic, colonial, and postcolonial authority -- The death of tears : mortuary rites and the indeterminacy of dance -- Dancing death : memorial celebrations, the politics of ritual laughter, and the embodied memories of youth -- Histories of the present, histories of the future.
Summary The young people of the Cameroon Grassfields have been subject to a long history of violence and political marginalization. For centuries the main victims of the slave trade, they became prime targets for forced labor campaigns under a series of colonial rulers. Today?s youth remain at the bottom of the fiercely hierarchical and polarized societies of the Grassfields, and it is their response to centuries of exploitation that Nicolas Argenti takes up in this absorbing and original book. Beginning his study with a political analysis of youth in the Grassfields from the eighteenth century to the.
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Subject Oku (African people) -- History.
Oku (African people)
Oku (African people) -- Politics and government.
Politics and government.
Oku (African people) -- Social life and customs.
Manners and customs.
Slavery -- Cameroon -- North-West Province -- History.
Cameroon -- North-West Province.
Marginality, Social -- Cameroon -- North-West Province -- History.
Marginality, Social.
Young men -- Cameroon -- North-West Province -- Attitudes.
Young men.
Young men -- Cameroon -- North-West Province -- Psychology.
North-West Province (Cameroon) -- History.
North-West Province (Cameroon) -- Social conditions.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Argenti, Nicolas. Intestines of the state. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007 9780226026114 0226026116 (DLC) 2007011955 (OCoLC)122525934
ISBN 9780226026138 (electronic book)
0226026132 (electronic book)
9780226026114 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
0226026116 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
9780226026121 (paperback ; alkaline paper)
0226026124 (paperback ; alkaline paper)