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. 2, Spring

Border Zone Trade and the Economic Boundaries of the State in North-East Ghana
For the concept of society as a closed unit, a sort of thing distinguishable from like things in the same way as one house from another or one animal from another, we must substitute the concept of society as a socio-geographic region. We must substitute...
Markets in Africa in a New Era
The following articles are all authored by scholars who started out their research careers on African economies in the latter half of the 1990s. They had an unusual opportunity. The world they were studying posed new logistical challenges to researchers,...
Reviving the Dead: Entangled Histories in the Privatisation of the Tanzanian Sisal Industry
How do histories shape the way people map their present and envision the future, especially at a moment of rapid political, economic and social transformation like that associated with the shift from socialism to liberal market economy/polity in Tanzania?...
Secrets of Success Uncertainty, Profits and Prosperity in the Gari Economy of Ibadan, 1992-94
Over the last fifteen years the gari supply system for the great urban centres of south-western Nigeria (Lagos, Ibadan, Abeokuta and many smaller towns) has been constituted and refined into a major sector of the urban food market. Its growth has been...
THE POLITICS OF LAND ACQUISITION AND STRUGGLES OVER LAND IN THE `COMMUNAL' AREAS OF ZIMBABWE: THE GOKWE REGION IN THE 1980s AND 1990s
For a long time historical writings on agrarian differentiation in Zimbabwe focused on the racial division of land and on inequalities between white commercial farmers and an increasingly marginalised subsistence sector; the rural population was usually...