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Encounter, Transformation, and Identity: Peoples of the Western Cameroon Borderlands, 1891-2000

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Volume 8

Cameroon Studies

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Encounter, Transformation, and Identity

Peoples of the Western Cameroon Borderlands, 1891-2000

Edited by Ian Fowler and Verkijika G. Fanso

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254 pages, 7 maps, 17 figs, bibliog., index

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"After turning the last page and closing the book, one is left with profound admiration for not only the wonderful contributions to this edited volume but to the legacy of Shirley Ardener, a woman, mentor, and researcher whose encounter with Cameroon in 1961 left her transformed and transfixed, to which we all owe a tremendous thanks"  ·  Anthropos

Although this book is that reviewer’s nightmare, a Festschrift, its authors and editors have made a serious effort at thematic coherence.  ·  Journal of African History


Bringing together key historical and innovative ethnographic materials on the peoples of the South-West Province of Cameroon and the Nigerian borderlands, this volume presents critical and analytical approaches to the production of ethnic, political, religious, and gendered identities in the region. The contributors examine a range of issues relating to identity, including first encounters and conflict as well as global networking, trans-national families, enculturation, gender, resistance, and death. In addition to a number of very striking illustrations of ethnographic and material culture, this volume contains key maps from early German sources and other original cartographical materials.

Ian Fowler is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology. He has carried out fieldwork in Cameroon over a thirty year period. He is a general editor of the Cameroon Studies Series and has published on material culture, art, ethnicity, history, and politics in Cameroon.

Verkijika G. Fanso is Professor of History at the University of Yaoundé I. He has published widely on African political history and Cameroon history and culture. He has played a key role in promoting the culture of Cameroon and supporting the Cameroon archives at Buea and is President of the Association of Friends of Archives and Antiquities in Cameroon.

Subject: General Anthropology Colonialism
Area: Africa


List of maps and figures
Notes on contributors

Foreword. Shirley Ardener: A personal note
Verkijika G. Fanso

Preface. Shirley Ardener: Fortifying Cameroon Studies
Martin Njeuma and Dorothy Njeuma

Ian Fowler

Chapter 1. Oral traditions and administrative identities
Edwin Ardener

Chapter 2. Epitome of extracts from Hermann Detzner Im Lande des Dju-Dju Berlin: August Scherl, 1923
Sally Chilver

Chapter 3. Von Gravenreuth and Buea as a site of history: early colonial violence on Mount Cameroon
Peter Geschiere

Chapter 4. Azi since Conrau: Anthropological and historical perspectives
Michael Mbapndah Ndobegang and Fiona Bowie

Chapter 5. The submerged history of Nsanakang: A glimpse into an Anglo-German encounter
Ute Röschenthaler

Chapter 6. The latent struggle for identity and autonomy in the southern Cameroons, 1916-1946
Verkijika G. Fanso

Chapter 7. Titi Ikoli revisited: Fetishism, gender and power in transitional forest economies of the Upper Cross River borderlands, 1920s-1990s
Caroline Ifeka

Chapter 8. Commemorating women in a patrilineal society
Margaret Niger-Thomas

Chapter 9. The challenge of multi-sited ethnography
Fiona Bowie

Chapter 10. The essentialist temptation: Eucharistic meal and identity in postcolonial African Catholicism
Lado Ludovic

Chapter 11. Making a difference in north-south relationships: Public and private spheres and the role of the human seed in networking for local development
Joyce Endeley and Nalova Lyonga

Appendix: Extracts on the Widekum and the Tikar taken from notes on the Bamenda grassfields
Sally Chilver and Phyllis Kaberry

Combined references

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