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Title:Women's Agricultural Production and Political Action in the Cameroon Grassfields
Author:Diduk, SusanISNI
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic terms:British Cameroons
Great Britain
Subjects:political conflicts
women farmers
rural women
Women's Issues
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Labor and Employment
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1160231
Abstract:The 1958 women's mobilizations in the village chiefdoms of Kedjom Keku and Kedjom Ketinguh in the North-West Province of Cameroon are the focus of this analysis. In offering explanations for women's protests there has been a tendency to focus on the male/female duality. The author suggests that these protests cannot be understood as gender-based antagonisms alone, but rather as protests induced by British colonial policies of the period and by actions perpetrated by local male elites. During much of 1958 women from several chiefdoms voiced their opposition to policies and actions that undermined their roles as producers of food and reproducers of children. As contradictions emerged as a sequel to the contact of two conflicting modes of production, the traditional women's organization, called 'fombuen', provided the vehicle whereby women resisted social changes that they had played no part in formulating. These were reformist not revolutionary movements and can only be fully understood within the context of nationalist politics prior to Cameroon's independence. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French.