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Title:Democratisation and political participation of Mbororo in western Cameroon
Author:Mouiche, IbrahimISNI
Periodical:Afrika Spectrum (ISSN 0002-0397)
Geographic term:Cameroon
political participation
Abstract:Over the last two decades, the Mbororo - a 'marginal' ethnic group according to the official terminology - have experienced unexpected recognition due to political developments in Cameroon's West Region. The State-sponsored policy of settlement, initially viewed with suspicion, has affected the Mbororo favourably, especially since it was associated with better schooling, producing a critical mass of 'elites'. There was a Mbororo 'political awakening' in the context of changes including, but not limited to, a new legal-institutional framework (the 1996 Constitution), the consequences of multi-party competition since 1990, and mobilization outside of political parties by the Mbororo Social and Cultural Development Association of Cameroon (MBOSCUDA) which was founded in 1992. The combination of these factors has led to increasing Mbororo political participation. This article highlights the determinants and key players in this development. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and German. [ASC Leiden abstract]