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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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Kings, Slaves, and Floating Populations: Discourses of Centrality and Marginality in the Precolonial Era

Kings, Slaves, and Floating Populations: Discourses of Centrality and Marginality in the Precolonial Era

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(p.33) Chapter Two Kings, Slaves, and Floating Populations: Discourses of Centrality and Marginality in the Precolonial Era
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The Intestines of the State
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226026138.003.0002

This chapter, which examines the discourses of centrality and marginality in the Cameroon Grassfields during the pre-colonial era, analyzes from an anthropological standpoint the ways in which the past continues to inform social relations between youth and elites in the present. It explores the legitimating effects that ritual practices had for the elites who deployed them and describes the appropriations these ritual practices have undergone at the hands of the marginalized youth who had little to gain from exclusive hierarchies.

Keywords:   centrality, marginality, Cameroon Grassfields, pre-colonial era, social relations, youth, elites, ritual practices

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