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Youths, drinking horns, and foreign aesthetics in the art of the Western Grassfields, Cameroon

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dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-13 en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-13T13:22:04Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-13T13:22:04Z
dc.date.issued 2017-09-13 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/11212
dc.description.abstract This paper suggests that the recent growth in popularity of cow-horn drinking cups, especially those decorated with an image of Bruce Lee, across the Cameroon Grassfields is an affirmation of the politics of obsession with objects of status typical of titled men and elders of the western Grassfields. The paper argues that cow-horn drinking cups with carvings representing Bruce Lee, unlike the undecorated cow-horn drinking cups that were previously used by most young people of the region, are significant because they embody the desire of these youths to assert their status and identity and more importantly to make their voice heard in the Grassfields community. The paper demonstrates that the deployment of such imagery is a reflection of the contemporary struggle with tradition in which the region's young generation is engaged: it becomes a symbol of defence against their suppression by a gerontocratic elite, and thus youth asserts itself against a practice which retains certain categories of drinking horns, including the buffalo-horn drinking cup, for example, for traditional elites. en
dc.format.medium Intranet en
dc.publisher Transcript en
dc.subject CAMEROON en
dc.subject CULTURAL RIGHTS en
dc.subject VISUAL ARTS SECTOR en
dc.title Youths, drinking horns, and foreign aesthetics in the art of the Western Grassfields, Cameroon en
dc.type Chapter in Monograph en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.BudgetYear 2017/18 en
dc.ResearchGroup Human and Social Development en
dc.SourceTitle Aesthetic practices and spatial configurations: historical and transregional perspectives en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Baader, H. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Becker, M. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Dinkar, N. en
dc.PlaceOfPublication Bielefeld, Germany en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9965 en
dc.PageNumber 19-32 en
dc.outputnumber 8864 en
dc.bibliographictitle Fubah, M.A. (2017) Youths, drinking horns, and foreign aesthetics in the art of the Western Grassfields, Cameroon. In: Baader, H., Becker, M. & Dinkar, N. (eds).<i>Aesthetic practices and spatial configurations: historical and transregional perspectives</i>. Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript. 19-32. en
dc.publicationyear 2017 en
dc.contributor.author1 Fubah, M.A. en


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