This is a significant and timely book on the politics of belonging. It captures, with fascinating detail and insight, the current widespread disaffection with the sterile rhetoric of nation-building that has characterised much of postcolonial African politics. Until the liberation struggles of the 1990s, dictatorship only paid lip service to democracy with impunity, often by silencing those perceived to threaten national unity. Since then, individuals and groups have reactivated claims to rights and entitlements and nowhere more so than in Cameroon. The book articulates the experiences and predicaments of the country's Anglophone community trapped in a marriage of inconvenience pregnant with tensions and conflicts.
Piet Konings, Ph.D. (1977), is a senior researcher at the Afrika-Studiecentrum in Leiden. He has published extensively on Ghana and Cameroon, including The State and Rural Class Formation in Ghana (Kegan Paul International, 1986) and Labour Resistance in Cameroon (James Currey, 1993). Francis B. Nyamnjoh, Ph.D. (1990) in Sociology of Communication, University of Leicester, is Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Botswana. He has published extensively on Cameroon, and among his recent publications are chapters in: Henrietta Moore & Todd Sanders (eds) Magical Interpretations, Material Realities (Routledge, 2001).
The book will appeal to students and scholars of political science, African Studies, history, sociology and anthropology, as well as to diplomats, journalists and politicians.