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Title:The indigenous rights movement in Africa: perspectives from Botswana and Cameroon
Authors:Pelican, MichaelaISNI
Maruyama, Junko
Year:2015
Periodical:African Study Monographs (ISSN 0285-1601)
Volume:36
Issue:1
Pages:49-74
Language:English
Geographic terms:Botswana
Cameroon
Subjects:San
Bororo
indigenous peoples
interest groups
group rights
Link:http://hdl.handle.net/2433/197192
Abstract:This article outlines the different trajectories of the indigenous rights movement in Africa, and discusses the factors that have contributed to its success or decline. Two case studies are compared; namely, the case of the San people of Botswana in Southern Africa, andthe case of the Mbororo people of Cameroon in West Africa. On a general level, this article argues that the indigenous rights movement in different parts of Africa has gone through various phases, from expectation and success to disillusionment and pragmatism. Moreover, it demonstrates that the San and Mbororo communities and other groups not only rely on the global indigenous rights movement, but have also adopted alternative and complementary strategies to deal with the unforeseen consequences of this movement. Finally, the authors argue that their case studies attest to the enduring relevance of the nation-state and the ideal of ethnic coexistence in Africa. [Journal abstract]
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