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Power and resistance in Cameroon: strategies, intentionality, intersectionality, and shifting spaces and identities
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2264-6892
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Political Power, ISSN 2158-379X, E-ISSN 2158-3803, Vol. 8, no 3, 321-343 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines how forest communities in Cameroon engage in social transformation when faced with social injustices and uneven power relations in their interactions with local state authorities and transnational corporations. It focuses on the different strategies that marginalized resource-dependent communities employ in resisting existing forms of domination manifested in public–private-community forest governance relations. We show how power operates in closed governance spaces to work against equitable, democratic and effective policy-making. We take as a point of departure that resistance or social change cannot be understood in isolation from power. Moreover, we engage with the intentionality debate and make the case that some forms of resistance are goal oriented in character. We reveal how disenfranchised communities, using powerful traditional ritual as a form of public protest, can effectively open up closed spaces and obtain effective participation in processes denied them. Our findings have significance for resistance and power debates relating to intentionality, intersectionality and outcomes.

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2015. Vol. 8, no 3, 321-343 p.
Keyword [en]
resistance; power; forest conflict; belief systems; false consciousness
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Social Anthropology Globalization Studies
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Environmental Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-28609DOI: 10.1080/2158379X.2015.1099211OAI: diva2:862331
Available from: 2015-10-21 Created: 2015-10-21 Last updated: 2015-12-18Bibliographically approved

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