ISBN 9782869782204
Pages 236
Dimensions 229 x 152 mm
Published 2008
Publisher CODESRIA, Senegal
Format Paperback

Civil Society and the Search for Development Alternatives in Cameroon

edited by Emmanuel Yenshu Vubo

Recent developments have witnessed the emergence of civil society as a major development actor whose potentials and capacity, especially in Africa, are often taken for granted and treated as limitless. A critical assessment of some of these structures (NGOs, religious organisations, trade unions, home-based associations and the youth) and the legal and political context of the operation of civil society in Cameroon shows a popular effervescence that is visible in social development initiatives. Although this would complement the state and free enterprise, it is however often frustrated by the states suspicion in a context of rising social awareness and protest that is assimilated with political opposition or attempts at manipulation along partisan lines. This book is a call to reform the framework of civil society and assess its components and roles in shaping the future of Africa.

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About the Editor

Emmanuel Yenshu Vubo

Emmanuel Yenshu Vubo is a university professor (Professeur des Universités) in Sociology and Demography (Qualification 19e section, Conseil national des Universités, France). He is currently Associate Professor at the University of Buea, where he has lectured in sociology and anthropology since 1993. His most notable publications are Civil Society and the Search for Development Alternatives in Cameroon (edited, CODESRIA, 2008) and Inventer un nouvel espace public en Afrique: Le défi de la diversité ethnique (Harmattan, 2011). His numerous other publications are in the domain of the sociology of development, political sociology, ethnicity, inter-cultural relations and intercommunity relations within the modern nation state. He is a member of the executive committee of the Council for the Development of Social science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).

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