ISBN 9781957296012
Pages 228
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2023
Publisher Spears Media Press, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Cultivating Moral Citizenship

An Ethnography of Young People’s Associations, Gender, and Social Adulthood in the Cameroon Grasslands

by Jude Fokwang

In Cultivating Moral Citizenship, ethnographer Jude Fokwang unpacks the meanings, mechanisms and processes through which young people in an inner city of the West African nation of Cameroon respond to local and global challenges as they seek to position themselves as social adults. Faced with the decline of old predictabilities, the diminishing capacity of the postcolonial state to control its destiny and the precarity of waithood, young people instrumentalise the opportunities and resources afforded by associations to build reciprocal relationships that advance their individual and collective pursuits in a community that has increasingly become transnational. In positioning themselves as moral actors, the young people in this ethnography invest in high profile social and communal projects, including the enforcement of moral orthodoxies that enable readers to appreciate the ways in which moral citizenship is engendered, expanded and eroded simultaneously.

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About the Author

Jude Fokwang

Dr. Jude D. Fokwang is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Development Practice at Regis University, Denver. He has held previous teaching positions at the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University in South Africa, Trent University and the University of Toronto in Canada. His research and publications span several areas of sociocultural issues on Africa including gender in development, material culture, religion, chieftaincy politics, socioeconomic development and youth politics. He is the author of dozens of academic articles, several books and director of the award-winning ethnographic documentary film, Something New in Old Town (2016). He serves on the advisory board of three academic journals: AFRICA- Journal of the International African Institute, Anthropology Southern Africa, and the Nordic Journal of African Studies.