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Kings, Slaves, and Floating Populations: Discourses of Centrality and Marginality in the Precolonial Era

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/9780226026138.003.0002
Kings, Slaves, and Floating Populations: Discourses of Centrality and Marginality in the Precolonial Era

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This chapter, which examines the discourses of centrality and marginality in the Cameroon Grassfields during the pre-colonial era, analyzes from an anthropological standpoint the ways in which the past continues to inform social relations between youth and elites in the present. It explores the legitimating effects that ritual practices had for the elites who deployed them and describes the appropriations these ritual practices have undergone at the hands of the marginalized youth who had little to gain from exclusive hierarchies.

Keywords: centrality; marginality; Cameroon Grassfields; pre-colonial era; social relations; youth; elites; ritual practices

Chapter.  10615 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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