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. 68, No. 1, Winter

Discourse and Its Disclosures: Yoruba Women and the Sanctity of Abuse
It is not uncommon for those who live amongst primitive peoples to come across `obscenity' in speech and action. This `obscenity' is often not an expression by an individual uttered under great stress and condemned as bad taste, but is...
'First the Forest': Conservation, 'Community' and 'Participation' in South-West Cameroon
References to community participation and participatory appraisal have become near-mandatory in development and environment policies and project planning. In line with this `new' valuation of people, notions of community and forms of local organisation...
Rationalising Culture: Youth, Elites and Masquerade Politics
Morton-Williams (1956) outlines the cult structure of the egungun masquerade societies of the Awori and Egbado territories of south-western Nigeria. He describes the various roles and status attached to each position in the formal structure of the masquerade...
Researching Social Capital in Africa
Research in different disciplines has sparked curiosity about the relationship between social capital, economic development, and good government (Coleman, 1991; Putnam, 1993). Roughly stated, the theories suggest that where people of different backgrounds...
The Chief, the Mine Captain and the Politician: Legitimating Power in Northern Ghana
The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out. [Proverbs 10: 9, quoted as the bottom line of the Ghanaian Chronicle, May 1997] In a recent article on power, legitimacy and democratisation in contemporary...
The Politics of the 1996 Cerebronspinal Meningitis Epidemic in Nigeria
The child's eyes, the pupils of which were tiny and showed a tendency to squint. The pulse raced. Muscular contractions developed, and an incipient rigidity of the neck. It was cerebro-spinal meningitis ... [T. Mann, Dr Faustus] In May...