Histories of the Present, Histories of the Future

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:
Histories of the Present, Histories of the Future

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This chapter discusses the cyclical nature of slavery and the slave trade in the Cameroon Grassfields. It explains that the slave trade and forced labor introduced during the colonial period were taken over by the elites of the strongest states in the Grassfields who had established themselves as middlemen for the colonial authorities. With the emergence of the postcolonial state, the majority of the young, the poor, and women were once again marginalized and exploited by their own elites and a new predatory state.

Keywords: slavery; slave trade; Cameroon Grassfields; forced labor; colonial authorities; elites; predatory state; postcolonial state

Chapter.  5765 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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