The Unifying Aspects of Cultures


Minor Cultures, National Culture, and the Administration of Culture

Sarah M.E. Anyang (Yaounde, Cameroon)
Gender in the Popular Culture of Cameroon

In this study I examine the problematics of gender and popular culture in Cameroon. African society is to a large extent male oriented and this is reflected in the gender representation of popular culture. My focus in the paper is to investigate the interplay between gender, popular culture, and societal development by an analysis of the various ways used by artists working in popular culture to represent aspects of the male and the female. For example, I am interested in the way roles are ascribed to male and female characters in various products of popular culture in film and literature as well as other forms of artistic expression in popular culture. Further, the study helps us to envisage possibilities for social, cultural,and political changes with impact on the situation of women in Cameroon in particular and in Africa in general. Other foci of my study include inquiry into questions such as when does art become popular culture, how popular culture reflects and shapes gender roles and ideology.