Modernising Traditions and Traditionalising Modernity in Africa
84 Pages
English
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Modernising Traditions and Traditionalising Modernity in Africa

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84 Pages
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Chieftaincy in Africa has displayed remarkable dynamics and adaptability to new socio-economic and political developments, without becoming totally transformed in the process. Almost everywhere on the continent, chiefdoms and chiefs have become active agents in the quest for ethnic, cultural symbols as a way of maximising opportunities at the centre of bureaucratic and state power, and at the home village where control over land and labour often require both financial and symbolic capital. Chieftaincy remains central to ongoing efforts at developing democracy and accountability in line with the expectations of Africans as individual 'citizens' and also as 'subjects' of various cultural communities. This book uses Cameroon and Botswana as case studies, to argue that the rigidity and prescriptiveness of modernist partial theories have left a major gap in scholarship on chiefs and chieftaincy in Africa. It stresses that studies of domesticated agency in Africa are sorely needed to capture the creative ongoing processes and to avoid overemphasising structures and essentialist perceptions on chieftaincy and the cultural communities that claim and are claimed by it.

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Published 23 September 2015
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EAN13 9789956762798
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MODERNISING TRADITIONS
MODERNISING TRADITIONSand TRADITIONALISINGand TRADITIONALISMINGODERNITY in AFRICA Chieftaincy and Democracy in Cameroon & Botswana
MODERNITY in AFRICA
Francis B. Nyamnjoh
Francis B. Nyamnjoh
Modernising Traditions and Traditionalising Modernity in Africa: Chieftaincy and Democracy in Cameroon & Botswana Francis B. Nyamnjoh L a ng a a R esea rch & P u blishing CIG Mankon, Bamenda
Publisher: LangaaRPCIG Langaa Research & Publishing Common Initiative Group P.O. Box 902 Mankon Bamenda North West Region Cameroon Langaagrp@gmail.comwww.langaa-rpcig.net Distributed in and outside N. America by African Books Collective orders@africanbookscollective.com www.africanbookscollective.com ISBN: 9956-762-07-5 ©Francis B. Nyamnjoh 2015All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, mechanical or electronic, including photocopying and recording, or be stored in any information storage or retrieval system, without written permission from the publisher
Table of Contents Acknowledgements……………………………………v Chapter 1: Chieftaincy Studies in Africa: An Overview……………………………………………1 Chapter 2: Chieftaincy and the Game of Legitimacy in Cameroon…………………...…………. 17 Chapter 3: Chieftaincy and the Negotiation of Botswana’s Democracy………………………………..31 Chapter 4: Conclusion…………………………………57 References……………………………………………... 61
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