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. 76, No. 2, Spring

Legacies of Slavery in North-West Uganda: The Story of the 'One-Elevens'
ABSTRACT This article outlines the history of a people known as 'Nubi' or 'Nubians', northern Ugandan Muslims who were closely associated with Idi Amin's rule, and a group to which he himself belonged. They were supposed to be the descendants of...
Life on the Hill: Students and the Social History of Makerere
ABSTRACT How will history judge British late-colonial efforts to export its model of higher education to Africa? In this article I challenge any simple interpretation of the 'Asquith Commission' university colleges--such as Makerere or University...
Remembering to Forget: Chosen Amnesia as a Strategy for Local Coexistence in Post-Genocide Rwanda
ABSTRACT More than a decade after the genocide, Rwanda's local communities remain severely affected by the experience of the violence and horror. This is reflected in the way people remember their past, as well as in what they choose to forget....
Roadblock Ethnography: Negotiating Humanitarian Access in Ituri, Eastern Dr Congo, 1999-2004
ABSTRACT Based on field research carried out in 2004, this article focuses on how Ituri-based Congolese relief workers negotiate humanitarian access with roadblock militias. Experiences and testimonies highlight the importance of sociocultural and...
Wars of the Past and War in the Present: The Lord's Resistance Movement/Army in Uganda
ABSTRACT War has ravaged Acholiland in northern Uganda since 1986. The Ugandan army is fighting the Lord's Resistance Movement/Army (LRM/A) rebels. Based on anthropological fieldwork, the article aims at exemplifying the ways in which non-combatant...
Youth, the TANU Youth League and Managed Vigilantism in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, 1925-73
ABSTRACT This article examines the role of male youth in the political history of Dar es Salaam. 'Youth', as a category of opposition to elders, became important during the inter-war period as it was inhabited by educated African bureaucrats aspiring...