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Quelques réflexions sur ľ introduction et la vulgarisation du concept de pays au Cameroun

Centro de Estudos Geográficos
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  • Political Science


SOME REFLEXIONS ON THE MEANING OF THE CONCEPTS OF STATE AND "PAYS" IN CAMEROON - In the French language there are two concepts very much used for the territorial reading of space: state and "pays". Basically, we assume that a state is a space of integration, whereas a "pays" is a space of attachment. The concept of "pays" was introduced in Cameroon from the metropolis with a meaning close to the concept of state, and it has been re-utilized by Cameroonian people depending on the successive contexts of colonization, decolonization, independence and, nowadays, democracy.

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