Chapter

From Slaves to Free Boys: Cadets' Resistance to Gerontocratic, Colonial, and Postcolonial Authority

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/9780226026138.003.0006
From Slaves to Free Boys: Cadets' Resistance to Gerontocratic, Colonial, and Postcolonial Authority

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This chapter focuses on the military training of youth in the Cameroon Grassfields. The opportunity for marginalized young boys to acquire a military training would have been unheard of before the arrival of the Germans. In addition to the trained palace corps of bodyguards kept by those Grassfields fons who were allied with the Germans, schoolboys taught by the missionaries were also encouraged to adopt the bodily postures and practice of the German military. The chapter also discusses the opportunity for these cadets to take pleasure in the performances of the terror masks that seem to orchestrate their own subjection.

Keywords: Youth; Cameroon Grassfields; military training; Germans; fons; palace corps; terror masks

Chapter.  12837 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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