Based on extensive and original research, Gender, Separatist Politics, and Embodied Nationalism in Cameroon (University of Michigan Press) forces us to pay attention to the roles women played in the separatist movement of Anglophone Cameroon in the years immediately after independence. Dr. Jacqueline-Bethel Tchouta Mougoué’s research demonstrates the important roles played by women, whether as politicians or leaders of organizations. But she also shows how ideas of gender norms, and of ideal womanhood in particular, were key to the construction and reproduction of an Anglophone Cameroonian identity. Mougoué beautifully navigates the contradictions and tensions experienced by this generation of women alongside their central contribution to the separatist movement.
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