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. 78, No. 4, Fall

'African Sex Is Dangerous!' Renegotiating 'Ritual Sex' in Contemporary Masaka District
ABSTRACT The sexual culture of sub-Saharan African peoples is variously utilized as an explanation for the high incidence of HIV in Africa. Thus it has been the target of behaviour change campaigns championed by massive public health education....
Between Self-Help and Dependence: Donor Funding and the Fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa
ABSTRACT This article examines funding for HIV/AIDS in South Africa, and the relationship between foreign donors and the South African government. The recognition of the AIDS pandemic as an epochal crisis has led to a proliferation of international...
Diabetes, Medicine and Modernity in Cameroon
ABSTRACT This article examines popular understandings of diabetes, and conflicts and ambiguities in the management of diabetes care, in two areas of Cameroon. Conducted over a two-year period, comparative ethnography in Yaounde and Bafut started...
Gleaming like the Sun: Aesthetic Values in Wodaabe Material Culture
ABSTRACT The Fulbe Wodaabe from Central Niger--like other nomadic pastoralists--seem to be highly resistant to the influence of global consumer goods, the consumption of modern products being more of less confined to satisfying practical needs....
Mbororo Claims to Regional Citizenship and Minority Status in North-West Cameroon
ABSTRACT Discourses on autochthony, citizenship and exclusion have become popular in Cameroon as well as in other parts of Africa, and lately even in Europe. This article considers the case of the Mbororo (agro-pastoral Fulbe) in north-west Cameroon...
On Reason and Afro-Pessimism
RICHARD WERBNER, Reasonable Radicals and Citizenship in Botswana: the public anthropology of Kalanga elites. Bloomington and Indianapolis IN: Indiana University Press (hb $60.00-978 0 25334 402 1; pb $24.95-978 0 25321 677 9). 2004, 254 pp. The...
Risky Trade, Resilient Traders: Trust and Livestock Marketing in Northern Kenya
ABSTRACT This article examines innovations in livestock marketing that livestock traders in northern Kenya use to overcome a host of trading obstacles. Livestock trading in northern Kenya is one of the toughest and most risk-prone jobs in the region,...