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Saint Anselm College

Publication Date

Spring 2018

Program Name

Cameroon: Development and Social Change

Abstract

This dissertation will explore two subjects: an internship done with the chiefdom of Batoufam and a research project about the endogenous system of conflict resolution in Batoufam. The first part will illustrate the internship done at the museum of the chiefdom. Here will be described the institution, the work accomplished, and an analysis of the experience. In the second part will be asked the research question “what is the endogenous system of conflict resolution of Batoufam and how has it adapted in the context of the imposition of westernization?” After doing a literature review and explaining the methodology of the project, the dissertation will delve into the results. Overall, this research project will detail the endogenous process of conflict resolution of Batoufam, showing how it reflects the traditional values of the community. In addition, the dissertation will show the relationship between Batoufam and the West to be a synthesis in which the citizens of Batoufam can choose to incorporate the positive aspects brought by westernization while also engaging in efforts to preserve their local traditions and customs.

Disciplines

African Languages and Societies | African Studies | Museum Studies | Peace and Conflict Studies | Politics and Social Change | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Social and Cultural Anthropology

 

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