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Diary Evidence for Political Competition: Mambila Autoethnography and Pretensions to Power

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An examination of personal diaries kept by Mambila people in Somié village, Cameroon, shows that everyday occurrences and small events, whose importance may have been overlooked at the time and which were forgotten soon after they took place, can be understood, in retrospect, as part of a larger struggle for power in a small Cameroonian chieftancy. This article examines the written accounts of some of these events in the context of diary narratives about community disputes, and it provides a ...

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10.1353/arw.2010.0031

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford
Journal:
AFRICAN STUDIES REVIEW
Volume:
53
Issue:
2
Pages:
77-95
Publication date:
2010-09-05
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EISSN:
1555-2462
ISSN:
0002-0206
URN:
uuid:570b94a4-f2b9-447c-82c8-e20240a88253
Source identifiers:
301041
Local pid:
pubs:301041
Language:
English

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