Description - The Politics of Cultural Difference in Northern Cameroon by Philip Burnham
This text examines the ethnicity/nationality debate in Africa through a detailed study of the historical sources and modern transformations of inter-ethnic social relations in the culturally-diverse northern region of Cameroon. Loss of control by the centre and inter-communal violence is a recurring theme in the recent histories of Africa, and Cameroon is no exception. The book examines emergent themes in modern African politics such as: the impact of post-Cold War pressures for multi-party democracy and increased human rights; the increasing importance in politics of indigenous NGOs and ethnic associations; and the impact of Islamic movements on politics. The author also engages in theoretical debates such as the "invention" of tradition, the deconstruction of ethnicity, and the nature of the modern African state.
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(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Edinburgh University Press
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Author Biography - Philip Burnham
Douglas Burnham is Professor of Philosophy at Staffordshire University and author of An Introduction to Kant's Critique of Judgement (Edinburgh University Press, 2000).