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. 4, Fall

Between Death and Funeral: Mortuaries and the Exploitation of Liminality in Kwahu, Ghana
ABSTRACT This essay describes (1) how mortuaries changed the Akan funeral culture of Ghana and (2) how that converged with the interests of relatives and hospital managers. Such a development would not have been possible, however, (3) without the...
Doing Politics in Bushbuckridge: Work, Welfare and the South African Elections of 2004
ABSTRACT In the South African national elections of 2004 the ruling ANC (African National Congress) increased its majority, particularly within the poorer, black, rural voting districts. Drawing on ethnographic research that I conducted in Impalahoek--a...
Manimory and the Aesthetics of Mimesis: Forest, Islam and State in Ivoirian Dozoya
ABSTRACT This article explores the hunting aesthetics of initiated Jula hunters of Cote d'Ivoire who call themselves dozos. It explains how their hunting aesthetic structures their relationship to Islam and the Ivoirian state. Although many Africans...
The Idiom of Age in a Popular Kenyan Newspaper Serial
ABSTRACT This article examines the narratives constructed around age in Kenya. Noting the 'spatial crossings' of the Kenyan subject, who is as much attuned to the village ethos as he is to the globalized world, the article problematizes our approach...
Thugs or Entrepreneurs? Perceptions of Matatu Operators in Nairobi, 1970 to the Present
ABSTRACT This essay examines the changing perceptions of matatu crews from the 1970s to the present. In the early 1970s commuters and many Kenyans typically viewed the matatu operators as an important, enterprising group of people, contributing...
'We Are All the Same, Because We All Worship God.' the Controversial Case of a Female Saint in the Gambia
ABSTRACT Based on ethnographic field research, this article explores religious discourses about proper ritual observance in The Gambia, a country where our understanding of processes of Islamization is largely lacking. These discourses centre upon...