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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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Histories of the Present, Histories of the Future

Histories of the Present, Histories of the Future

(p.242) Chapter Nine Histories of the Present, Histories of the Future
The Intestines of the State
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This chapter discusses the cyclical nature of slavery and the slave trade in the Cameroon Grassfields. It explains that the slave trade and forced labor introduced during the colonial period were taken over by the elites of the strongest states in the Grassfields who had established themselves as middlemen for the colonial authorities. With the emergence of the postcolonial state, the majority of the young, the poor, and women were once again marginalized and exploited by their own elites and a new predatory state.

Keywords:   slavery, slave trade, Cameroon Grassfields, forced labor, colonial authorities, elites, predatory state, postcolonial state

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