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. 67, No. 1, Winter

A Chief by the People: Nation versus State in Lesotho
PROLOGUE To make narrative generalisations on the substance of citizenship and national identity for members of another nation is undeniably rash. We do so under the presumption that enquiring into the meaning of Basotho identity in the context...
Colonial Rule and the 'Legal Factor' in Ghana and Lesotho
To British colonial officials, as they contemplated Africa's colonial inheritance in the setting sun of empire, it seemed that the `legal factor' would be `as powerful' as it had been in `the history of the Roman Empire or [in] England in the later Middle...
How to Sustain a Living? Urban Households and Poverty in the Sahelian Town of Mopti
During the last ten to fifteen years Africa's urban population has had to deal with diminishing incomes and the increasing cost of living. Even the real wages of urban workers in the formal sector fell, sometimes so dramatically that a growing proportion...
Lords of the Fly: Colonial Visions and Revision of African Sleeping-Sickness Environments on Ugandan Lake Victoria, 1906-61
District Commissioner. I believe that their numbers have been much exaggerated, and that no fear need be entertained that the cost of buying flies will amount to a very large sum. We might begin by offering a shell apiece. At that rate ... an expenditure...
Property Reckoning and Methods of Accumulating Wealth among the Ogoni of the Eastern Niger Delta
The Ogoni occupy the easternmost section of the fertile plateau bordering the eastern Niger Delta, between the river Imo on the east and north, the city of Port Harcourt on the west, and Andoni and Bonny on the south. The oral tradition states that their...
The Local State in Post-War Mozambique: Political Practice and Ideas about Authority
In recent years, Mozambican intellectuals and officials (as well as international donors) have increasingly looked to decentralisation as a means of making the state more efficient and responsive to local needs. Mozambican debates over rural society...