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Gender Relations in Cameroon: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Sunday 23 September 2012, author(s)-editor(s) Emmanuel Yenshu Vubo

This book examines some facets of gender relations in Cameroon – symmetry in male-female relationships, women’s access to land in traditional society, socialization into gender roles through language textbooks in schools, the association life of women, widowhood and inheritance, social capital and entrepreneurship, husband-wife relations in early German colonial encounters – as socially and historically constructed realities from a multidisciplinary perspective, bringing together some social sciences and humanities. The studies point to the fact that these relations are as much rooted in traditions and customs fashioned in several benchmark epochs in African history – arming women with formidable social and cultural capitals or making of them victims of social structures over which they have little control – as they are constantly evolving in contemporary times and transforming women into agents in their own affairs as well as those of the new societies in the making.

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ISBN 9789956727476 | 188 pages | 216 x 140 mm | 2012 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback

3 Book Reviews

  • Gender Relations in Cameroon: Multidisciplinary Perspectives 23 September 2012 12:34, author(s)-editor(s) Professor Aloysius Ajab Amin

    At the time when many countries are facing deep socioeconomic crises, it is very illuminating to find a book that delves into greed and self-interest in an entirely unusual manner. Drawing from various disciplines, the authors demonstrate the motivation of human behaviour responsible for behind our current problems, and send the mind hunting for novel solutions.

    Professor Aloysius Ajab Amin, Chair of Economics Department, College of Social Sciences, KIMEP, Kazakhstan

  • Gender Relations in Cameroon: Multidisciplinary Perspectives 23 September 2012 12:35, author(s)-editor(s) Dr Piet Konings

    This is an elegantly written and thought-provoking book with many lessons to draw on. The complicated link between human economic behaviour and ethics is compellingly and accessibly illustrated.

    Dr Piet Konings, Sociologist and Senior Researcher, African Studies Centre Leiden, the Netherlands

  • Gender Relations in Cameroon: Multidisciplinary Perspectives 23 September 2012 12:35, author(s)-editor(s) Laurenti Magesa Professor of African Theology

    What is the nature, conditions and consequences of economic transactions? The analysis provided is profound, illuminating and refreshing. The book is a tapestry of social, psychological, political, economic, theological and ethical insights – a must read for anyone interested in the future of humanity and the world as, of course, we all should be.

    Laurenti Magesa Professor of African Theology, Jesuit School of Theology and Maryknoll Institute of African Studies of St. Mary’s University, Nairobi, Kenya.