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Vassar College

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Fall 2017

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Cameroon: Social Pluralism and Development


Land is an ontological reality, which is at the center of different relationships to land. These relationships are situated in and a product of historical and spatial process that have an under lying power geometry. These different understandings of land tenure can create conflict when they intersect with competing interests in the same space. In Cameroon, this is currently the case in the form of large-scale land acquisitions, which often conflict with local communities as multinational corporations and local elites acquire land concessions with facilitation by the government in the name of development. This paper aims to understand this issue in Cameroon by contextualizing the phenomenon within its colonial and global history, working from the bottom up using the case study of CATAC in Nanga Eboko, and by using a spatial analysis to prove that this conflict over land is part of a broader agrarian transformative process.


African Languages and Societies | African Studies | Earth Sciences | Environmental Studies | Geography | Growth and Development | Human Ecology | Human Geography | Physical and Environmental Geography | Politics and Social Change | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Social and Cultural Anthropology


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