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Title:Funerals and Belonging: Different Patterns in South Cameroon
Author:Geschiere, PeterISNI
Year:2005
Periodical:African Studies Review
Volume:48
Issue:2
Period:September
Pages:45-64
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:funerals
group identity
Ewondo
Maka
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Ethnic and Race Relations
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/african_studies_review/v048/48.2geschiere.pdf
Abstract:The preoccupation with 'autochthony' and the exclusion of 'strangers' in many parts of present-day Africa, a paradoxical outcome of political liberalization, has given new importance to funerals as an ultimate test of 'belonging'. However, the link between funerals and belonging is not new. This article compares three different versions of this link from southern Cameroon. In the 1970s, Maka funerals in southeast Cameroon emphasized belonging in terms of local kinship and affinity. In the 1980s, Ewondo funerals in Central Province reaffirmed the belonging of urban elites to their village of origin. In the 1990s, funerals in the Southwest Province revealed the increased political significance of the funeral in the context of a growing preoccupation with autochthony and belonging under democratization. These three examples illustrate the continuing stretching of kinship as it bridges new inequalities and distances. They also raise questions as to its breaking point. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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