chapter  8
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Power and Obscenity in the Post-colonial Period: The Case of Cameroon

In this chapter I shall analyse the banality .of power in the postcolonial period. By 'banality of power' I do not only mean the prevalence of bureaucratic formalities, and the implicit or explicit rules, in brief the routines. I refer to what has come to be predictable, through its repetition in everyday actions and gestures. I also mean the grotesque and obscene elements, which Mikhail Bakhtin seems able to find only in 'non-offical' cultures," but which in reality are part of all systems of domination, and of all ways of deconstructing such systems. 'Post-colonial' simply refers to societies in a distinct historical trajectory: those that have recently emerged from the colonial experience, which is a period of violent relationships par excellence.