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The Intestines of the StateYouth, Violence, and Belated Histories in the Cameroon Grassfields$
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Nicolas Argenti

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226026114

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226026138.001.0001

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Centuries of Youth: Remembering, Incorporation, and the Reclamation of History

Centuries of Youth: Remembering, Incorporation, and the Reclamation of History

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(p.1) Chapter one Centuries of Youth: Remembering, Incorporation, and the Reclamation of History
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The Intestines of the State
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226026138.003.0001

This chapter, which examines how the youth of Cameroon view their history of slavery, suggests that although the youth are the silent subject of slavery, centuries of trading in human beings remains palpable today in other ways. It explains that the myths and nondiscursive bodily practices of the chiefdom are impregnated with veiled references to the institutions of slavery and to their effects on the young people who were once most imperiled by them. The chapter argues that the history of modernity in Cameroon is inseparable from the history of slavery, which marked the inception of modernity in Africa and still informs the social relations of its societies to this day.

Keywords:   slavery, Cameroon, bodily practices, young people, modernity, Africa, social relations

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