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. 73, No. 2, Spring

African Tourist Encounters: Effects of Tourism on Two West African Societies
ABSTRACT This article compares encounters with tourism in two African communities, the Dogon in Mali and the Kapsiki in north Cameroon. The societies are comparable in many respects, but the effects on them of the tourist presence quite different....
Powers in the Village: Rural Benin between Democratisation and Decentralization
ABSTRACT The Republic of Benin has often been cited as a model democracy in the African context. After years of pressure from bilateral aid donors, particularly France and Germany, municipal elections were held in 2002. This article addresses three...
Reaching the Larger World: New Forms of Social Collaboration in Pikine, Senegal
ABSTRACT Actors in fluid African urban environments try to make collaborative social action work, collective responsibility enforceable, and instruments of power effective and legitimate. These efforts give rise to an uneasy tension between the...
Rituals of Verification: Indigenous and Imported Accountability in Northern Tanzania
ABSTRACT Holding people to account for their actions is a feature of all societies. This article examines two different mechanisms of accountability, both of which are used in the Arumeru District of Tanzania. The first is a form of ritual cursing...
Saint Mediation in the Era of Transnationalism: The Da'ira of the Jakhanke Marabouts
ABSTRACT The focus of this article is the intersection of the motivations for international migration and innovative new forms of religious organisation. An example is provided by the recent introduction of a prayer ritual called da'ira in the Muslim...
The Politics of Personal Relations: Beyond Neopatrimonial Practices in Northern Cameroon
ABSTRACT This article deals with political culture in northern Cameroon. By analysing two happenings--the arrival of a Minister in his home town and his speech to the traditional elites--it shows how neopatrimonial politics is practised in a given...