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Elite Associations and the Politics of Belonging in Cameroon

Nymanjoh, F; Rowlands, M; (1998) Elite Associations and the Politics of Belonging in Cameroon. Africa , 68 (3) 320 - 337. 10.2307/1161252. Green open access

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Abstract

The development of elite associations has been a consequence of the growth of multi-partyism and the weakening of authoritarian state control in Cameroon in the 1990s. The attachment of electoral votes and rights of citizenship to belonging to ethnicised regions has encouraged the formal distinction between ‘natives’ and ‘strangers’ in the creation of a politics of belonging. The article argues that this development has also led to the replacement of political parties at the local level by ethnicised elite associations as prime movers in regional and national politics.

Type: Article
Title: Elite Associations and the Politics of Belonging in Cameroon
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2307/1161252
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1161252
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © International African Institute 1998
Keywords: politics
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Greek and Latin
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/146729
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