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. 71, No. 3, Summer

`Beer Used to Belong to Older Men': Drink and Authority among the Nyakyusa of Tanzania
In her last major work on social change among the Nyakyusa of southwestern Tanzania, Monica Wilson returned to an argument about the changing role of beer drinking which had featured in her earlier writings (1963: 176, 1977: 92-3, 131). She suggested...
Books Received
Naomi Chazan, Peter Lewis, Robert Mortimer, Donald Rothchild and John Stedman, Politics and Society in Contemporary Africa, a third edition. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1999, 543 pp., 15.99 [pounds sterling], 0 333 69475 9 paperback. Graham Dunkley,...
Communal Land Rights in Zimbabwe as State Sanction and Social Control: A Narrative
THE LAND QUESTION IN SOUTHERN AFRICA Land remains the most central issue: underpinning social, economic and political processes in Southern and Eastern Africa (Palmer, 1996; Simon, 1995). However, the dominance of and preoccupation with the repossession...
Degradation Debates and Data Deficiencies: The Mkomazi Game Reserve, Tanzania
INTRODUCTION The challenge of environmental history is to explain how and why environments have changed. But it is a demanding task. It is often easier to explain how particular interpretations of the environment formed, why they persisted and how...
In Search of Nyo: Lyela Farmers' Perceptions of the Forest in Burkina Faso
This study deals with the cultural construction of the forest by focusing on a group of farmers in Burkina Faso. It aims to contribute to the scholarly literature on environmental change and, more specifically, to social and cultural analyses of how...
Music Videos and the Effeminate Vices of Urban Culture in Mali
A striking recent development in Mali is the rise of extremely successful women singers who dominate the musical programmes of national radio and television and the audio- and video-cassette market. Many of these pop stars belong to a group of professional...
The `True Nzema': A Layered Identity
This article approaches the question of identity with reference to an important section of the Akan people located in south-western Ghana and south-eastern Cote d'Ivoire, namely the group of communities known as Nzema. In the Sub-Saharan Africa...