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The Intestines of the State: Youth, Violence, and Belated Histories in the Cameroon Grassfields

Nicolas Argenti


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 this book takes up. Beginning his study with a political analysis of youth in the Grassfields from the eighteenth century to the present, the author pays special attentio ... More

Keywords: Cameroon Grassfields, violence, political marginalization, slave trade, forced labor campaigns, colonial rulers, exploitation, political oppression, Oku chiefdom, masked dance performances

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226026114
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226026138.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicolas Argenti, author