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Centuries of Youth: Remembering, Incorporation, and the Reclamation of History

in The Intestines of the State

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226026114
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226026138 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226026138.003.0001
Centuries of Youth: Remembering, Incorporation, and the Reclamation of History

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This chapter, which examines how the youth of Cameroon view their history of slavery, suggests that although the youth are the silent subject of slavery, centuries of trading in human beings remains palpable today in other ways. It explains that the myths and nondiscursive bodily practices of the chiefdom are impregnated with veiled references to the institutions of slavery and to their effects on the young people who were once most imperiled by them. The chapter argues that the history of modernity in Cameroon is inseparable from the history of slavery, which marked the inception of modernity in Africa and still informs the social relations of its societies to this day.

Keywords: slavery; Cameroon; bodily practices; young people; modernity; Africa; social relations

Chapter.  12995 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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