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Author Pelican, Michaela, author.

Title Masks and staffs : identity politics in the Cameroon Grassfields / Michaela Pelican.

Publication Info. New York : Berghahn Books, [2015]

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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 244 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Series Integration and conflict studies ; volume 11
Integration and conflict studies ; v. 11.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary The Cameroon Grassfields, home to three ethnic groups - Grassfields societies, Mbororo, and Hausa - provide a valuable case study for the anthropological examination of identity politics and interethnic relations. In the midst of the political liberalization of Cameroon in the late 1990s and 2000s, local responses to political and legal changes took the form of a series of performative and discursive expressions of ethnicity. Confrontational encounters stimulated by economic and political rivalry, as well as socially integrative processes, transformed collective self-understanding in Cameroon.
Contents Setting the scene : cultural difference and political rivalry in times of transition -- The power of the Fon : Nchaney political history -- From pastoral society to indigenous people : Mbororo identity politics -- A shift to economic competition? : Farmer-herder conflict and cattle theft in the Misaje area -- On being Hausa : consolidation of the Hausa ethnic category in the Grassfields -- Grassfielder by birth, Muslim by choice : religious and ethnic conversion -- The murder of Mr X : legal pluralism and conflict management in the early 2000s.
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Subject Ethnicity -- Cameroon.
Ethnic conflict -- Cameroon.
Ethnic relations -- Political aspects.
Cameroon -- Ethnic relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
Ethnic conflict.
Ethnic relations.
Ethnic relations -- Political aspects.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Pelican, Michaela. Masks and staffs. New York : Berghahn Books, 2015 9781782387282 (DLC) 2015006531 (OCoLC)896862085
ISBN 9781782387299 (electronic bk.)
1782387293 (electronic bk.)