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. 69, No. 3, Summer

Books Received
Abwunza, Judith M., Women's Voices, Women's Power: dialogues of resistance from East Africa. Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview Press, 1997, 224 pp., 8.95 [pounds sterling], ISBN 155111 132 2. Ajayi, J. F. Ade (ed.), UNESCO General History of Africa...
David Norman Beach, 1943-99
Professor David Beach died of a brain tumour on Monday 15 February 1999. The following is the text of the tribute spoken by Dr M. Z. Malaba at the funeral service in Christchurch, the Anglican parish church in Borrowdale (Harare), before the cremation...
Making a Profit, Making a Living: Commercial Food Farming and Urban Hinterlands in North-West Nigeria
Each day at dawn hundreds of men begin to gather by the gates of the old city of Sokoto, hoping to be hired as farm labourers, and accosting likely employers with the shout of `Kana son yan aiki?' `Are you looking for workers?' Others wait along the...
Second-Hand Clothing Encounters in Zambia: Global Discourses, Western Commodities, and Local Histories
This is the second in a series of New Directions papers commissioned by the US Social Science Research Council In common parlance in Zambia since the mid-1980s, the term salaula has referred to second-hand clothing imported from the West. It means...
Shorter Notices
MONIQUE BERTRAND, Les gilles secondaires d'Afrique noire, 1970-97: bibliographie analytique et commentee. Bordeaux: Centre d'etudes d'Afrique noire, 1997, 133 pp, ISBN 2 908065 42 8 paperback. Monique Bertrand and Alain Dubresson edited an impressive...
The Dynamics of Witchcraft and Indigenous Shrines among the Akan
Conspicuous consumption of Western goods is one way in which contradictory ideas associated with modern identities are constructed and are expressive of rupture and reflexivity in modern Ghana. It is a way in which local Akan consumers express their...
Trading on Inequality: Gender and the Drinks Trade in Southern Tanzania
Throughout sub-Saharan Africa the consumption of alcoholic beverages is a valued accompaniment to leisure time. The range of drinks consumed is varied, as are their origins. In urban settings prestigious imported and manufactured brews are favoured...
`With a Little Bit of Luck ...' Coping with Adjustment in Urban Ghana, 1975-90
Since the late 1970s the majority of the countries of the so-called `South' have adopted, with varying degrees of desperation, enthusiasm or success, the policy prescriptions of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in return for Fund...