Africa

A scholarly journal devoted to the study of African societies and cultures. Editorial emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary approach to African studies by the inclusion of topics in social sciences, history, the environment, and life sciences. Each i

Articles from Vol. 77, No. 3, Summer

Family Resemblances, Practical Interrelations and Material Extensions: Understanding Sexual Prohibitions, Production and Consumption in Kilimanjaro
ABSTRACT Through the 'procreative paradigm', sexuality and its relationships to other social practices have recently regained importance in the study of sub-Saharan Africa. Despite its apparent novelty, I argue that this paradigm invokes an anthropological...
Recollections of Childhood Experiences during the Nigerian Civil War
ABSTRACT During the three decades following the end of the Nigerian civil war little attention has been given to the children who lived through the hostilities. This article on the recollections of present-day adults who experienced the crisis in...
Seclusion, Protection and Avoidance: Exploring the Metida Complex among the Datoga of Northern Tanzania
ABSTRACT This article deals with metida avoidance practices as they emerge in daily and ritual practice among the agro-pastoral Datoga-speaking peoples of Tanzania. The elaboration of the avoidance practices varies starkly between and within Datoga...
'Serious Games': Licences and Prohibitions in Maasai Sexual Life
ABSTRACT This article discusses sexual licences and prohibitions among the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania with particular reference to the institutionalized yet controversial sexual relations between young pre-menarche girls and adolescent unmarried...
Slow Going: The Mortuary, Modernity and the Hometown Association in Bali-Nyonga, Cameroon
ABSTRACT The article describes a new mortuary in Cameroon, which has been constructed in a government hospital by the Bali-Nyonga Development and Cultural Association (BANDECA). The history and character of this hometown association is analysed...
Things Fall Apart? (1) Management, Environment and Taungya Farming in Edo State, Southern Nigeria
ABSTRACT Environmental degradation in Africa is often linked to management failure and political decline. One example of this is the dominant understanding of the unfolding of Taungya farming in Southern Nigeria in recent decades. An agro-forestry...