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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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From Slaves to Free Boys: Cadets' Resistance to Gerontocratic, Colonial, and Postcolonial Authority

From Slaves to Free Boys: Cadets' Resistance to Gerontocratic, Colonial, and Postcolonial Authority

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(p.159) Chapter Six From Slaves to Free Boys: Cadets' Resistance to Gerontocratic, Colonial, and Postcolonial Authority
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The Intestines of the State
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226026138.003.0006

This chapter focuses on the military training of youth in the Cameroon Grassfields. The opportunity for marginalized young boys to acquire a military training would have been unheard of before the arrival of the Germans. In addition to the trained palace corps of bodyguards kept by those Grassfields fons who were allied with the Germans, schoolboys taught by the missionaries were also encouraged to adopt the bodily postures and practice of the German military. The chapter also discusses the opportunity for these cadets to take pleasure in the performances of the terror masks that seem to orchestrate their own subjection.

Keywords:   Youth, Cameroon Grassfields, military training, Germans, fons, palace corps, terror masks

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