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. 2, Spring

Child Marriages in Rwandan Refugee Camps
One of the things that attracted my attention while working in the Rwandan refugee camps in Tanzania was the marriages of very young adolescents: girls as young as 13-14 married boys of 14-15 years, boys they often did not even know. The marriages did...
Dissident Perspectives on Zimbabwe's Post-Independence War
A much neglected perspective on Zimbabwe's post-independence war is that held by its insurgents, the so-called dissidents. The experience of dissidents has been little explored, in part because of the difficulty of doing so until recently but also because...
Making Children, Making Chiefs: Gender, Power and Ritual Legitimacy
Scholars have long recognised and dealt uneasily with the rather elusive nature of power and legitimacy in African societies. Some time ago we were told that: An African ruler is not to his people merely a person who can enforce his will on them....
Towards a Conceptual Framework of Household Coping: Reflections from Rural West Africa
All too often, rural development policies and programmes are a hasty response to crisis and political exigency. For instance, when drought occurs, the large-scale distribution of food aid is a rapid and routine policy reaction. At best, policy and programme...
"Why We Fight": Voices of Youth Combatants in Sierra Leone
Young people are the major participants in most wars. In the African civil wars of the last twenty years combatants have become increasingly youthful. Some forces are made up largely of young teenagers. Combatants may sometimes be as young as 8 or 10....