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The skin-citizens

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When the author exposed to different audiences the views, some stressed that 'containers' are used by most, if not all, social groups on a regular basis, and that 'skin' is necessary to the psyche. Exploring the educational systems among these social groups might give evidence of the way the mountain people in western Cameroon value so this moment in the making process of a human psyche. However, in author's view, such controversy results from a form of misunderstanding of the main issue. It is significant that in the Grassfields any form of over-investment of envelopes, containers, contents and conducts of transformations in the orifices is first and foremost political in character. As far as the subject's ontogenesis is concerned, the processes of holding and handling a baby contributes to creating links between the infant and the mother, to transforming the experience though the skin and to elaborating the self-skin identity.

Keywords: educational system; ontogenesis; self-skin identity; social groups; western Cameroon



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