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Author Konings, Piet.

Title Neoliberal bandwagonism : civil society and the politics of belonging in anglophone Cameroon / Piet Konings
Published Bamenda, North West Region, Cameroon : Langaa ; Leiden, the Netherlands : African Studies Centre, [2009]
©2009
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Summary Civil society and empowerment have become buzz words in neoliberal development discourse. Yet many unanswered questions remain on the actual nature and configuration assumed by civil society in specific contexts. Typically, while neoliberals perceive civil-society organisations as vital intermediary channels for the successful implementation of desired economic and political reforms, they are inclined to blame the current resurgence of the politics of belonging for the poor record of these reforms in Africa and elsewhere. This book rejects such notions and argues that the relationship between civil society and the politics of belonging is more complex in Africa than western donors and scholars are willing to admit. Konings argues that ethno-regional associations and movements are even more significant constituents of civil society in Africa than the conventional civil-society organisations that are often uncritically imposed or endorsed. He convincingly shows how the politics of belonging, so pervasive in Cameroon, and indeed much of Africa, during the current neoliberal economic and political reforms, has tended to penetrate the entire range of associational life. This calls for a critical reappraisal of prevalent notions and assumptions about civil society in the interest of African reality. Hence the importance of this book!
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-253) and index
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Subject Associations, institutions, etc. -- Cameroon.
Belonging (Social psychology) -- Political aspects -- Cameroon.
Civil society -- Cameroon.
Neoliberalism -- Cameroon.
Political participation -- Cameroon.
Social movements -- Cameroon.
Cameroon -- Politics and government -- 1982-
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ISBN 9789956716371 (electronic bk.)
9956716375 (electronic bk.)