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Title:Ideologies, governance and the public sphere in Cameroon
Author:Aseh, NfamewihISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Volume:36
Issue:1
Pages:169-220
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:political ideologies
governance
State-society relationship
Abstract:The founding history of Cameroon was influenced by external factors and its founding political philosophy is also traceable to foreign sources. Hence, Cameroon has no indigenous philosophical basis of existence from which an indigenous world view could have emerged. The hypothesis of this article is that for the foreign founding philosophy to be maintained in the public domain, there was a need to flood the public sphere with ideological mechanisms of public mediation for the effective epistemic control of the population. The result is a fractured and contested public sphere that selectively 'favours' certain social categories. In order to develop a theory that explains the operation of the public sphere in a neocolonial context, the article examines some of the idiomatic expressions that govern the public sphere in Cameroon. It shows how the neocolonial regime realized the 'Kamerun Idea' through repression, both physical and ideological. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]
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