African Women and Politics: Knowledge, Gender and Power in Male-dominated Cameroon (African Studies S. v. 77)

African Women and Politics: Knowledge, Gender and Power in Male-dominated Cameroon (African Studies S. v. 77)

By: Emmanuel Konde (author)Hardback

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This study analyzes the interplay of modern and traditional influences and constraints on African women's access to political power. It identifies knowledge as central to the exercise of political power in Cameroon since pre-colonial times. It uses case studies of women's organizations and protest movements to trace the processes by which women were incorporated intro national political parties.

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Professor Emmanuel Konde received his Ph.D. at Boston University and is a member of the faculty at Albany State University.


Preface i; Acknowledgements iv; Introduction 1; The Lirerature, 3; Definition of Terms and Parameters, 9; Mathod and Approach, 13; Plan of this Study, 19; Chapter 1 23; Women in Precolonial Politics; Knowledge, Gender, and Political Power, 29; Traditional Restrictions on Women, 35; Women's Roles in Traditional Politics, 39; Chapter 2 51; Women and Political Change in Colonial Cameroon; Women and Politics under Colonial Rule, 53; The Colonial State and Polygamy, 59; Women, Knowledge, and Political Power, 63; Educational Disparities for Boys and Girls, 68; Changes in Women's Property and Political Rights, 71; Chapter 3 75; Women and the Cameroon Nationalist Movement; Modern and Modern Political Organization, 77; The Birth of Modern Women's Organizations, 82; Women and Nationalist Politics, 91. Women's Traditional Forms of Organization, 94; Anlu and Nationalist Politics, 100; Chapter 4 109; The Integration of Women into Politics; The Mothers of Cameroon Politics, 111; Cooptation of Women into Politics, 125; Consolidation of Power, 135; Chapter 5 153; Women in the Party, Parliament, and Government; Ahidjo, Women, and Cameroon Politics, 155; Ahmadou Ahidjo's State Apparatus, 162; Women and Party Politics, 166; The Social Functions of Women, 170; Women and Parliamentary Representation, 175; Women in Government, 186; Assessment of Women's Political Clout, 193; Absence of Women's Solidarity, 198; National Board for Women's Advancement, 201; Appendices 205; Bibliography 213; Index 228.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773460652
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 244
  • ID: 9780773460652
  • ISBN10: 0773460659

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