The Talk Goes outside: Argument, Privacy and Power in Mambila Society towards a Sociology of Embedded Praxis

David Zeitlyn
  • Africa, January 2003, Cambridge University Press
  • DOI: 10.2307/3556781

Argument, Privacy and Power in Mambila Society

What is it about?

The paper discusses ways in which privacy is achieved (and maintained) in a small rural village in Cameroon where 'everyone knows everyone else's business'. Despite most activity being conducted more or less in the gaze and earshot of neighbours it is remarkable how much privacy people manage. This means that raising the voice 'so everyone can hear" (ie the neighbours) is a powerful and significant action

Why is it important?

The literature on privacy has few contributions using material from rural Cameroon

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