Kfaang and its technologies: towards a social history of mobility in Kom, Cameroon, 1928-1998

TitleKfaang and its technologies: towards a social history of mobility in Kom, Cameroon, 1928-1998
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsW.G. Nkwi
Series titleAfrican studies collection
Date Published2011///
PublisherAfrican Studies Centre
Place PublishedLeiden
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number1876-018X
KeywordsCameroon, dissertations (form), infrastructure, Kom polity, mobility, social change

Physical mobility of people from place to place as individuals or as groups is essentially horizontal, potentially limitless, and generally motivated by the desire and ambition to take advantage of new opportunities for self or group advancement. This mobility is the basis of Grasslanders' communities in Anglophone Cameroon and beyond. In this study of Kom, the second largest kingdom in the Bamenda Grasslands, life histories and rich archival files enlighten the history of mobility in relation to the development of communication technologies. Between 1928, when the St. Anthony's Primary School, Njinikom, Kom was opened and 1998, when the road linking Kom and Bamenda was tarred, the number of people travelling out of Kom and back steadily increased. This spatial mobility was greatly facilitated and accelerated by 'modern' transportation and communication technologies like the roads and vehicles. Such persons were usually among those whose horizons had been widened by other modern agencies of change like the schools and churches which are themselves considered as technologies in this study. Kfaang, a notion of newness, has become the core to understand the flexible identity of Kom people and their appropriation of technologies in their notions of being Kom and a Kom community that transgress international borders.

IR handle/ Full text URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1887/17681
Citation Key3633