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. 74, No. 3, Summer

Drinking, Rumour, and Ethnicity in Jimma, Ethiopia
ABSTRACT This paper is an investigation of the relationship between identity, politics, and rumours in Jimma, Ethiopia. The introduction of ethnic federalism in Ethiopia after the fall of the Marxist Derg regime in 1991 has been the topic of a significant...
Entrustment and Its Changing Political Meanings in Fuladu, the Gambia (1880-1994)
ABSTRACT The practice of entrustment is a form of voluntary allegiance for the sake of protection, one which historically lies at the core of host stranger relationships along the River Gambia. Deeply woven into the social fabric of local communities,...
Maintaining Difference and Managing Change: Female Agrarian Clientelist Relations in a Gambian Community
ABSTRACT The introduction of dry-season vegetable cultivation on a large scale in Brikama, The Gambia in the early 1970s has led to the development of a new labour system amongst female farmers whereby strangers or clients are given access to land...
Making Ethnic Elites: Ritual Poetics in a Cameroonian Lycee
ABSTRACT This case study of youth cultural production in Cameroon examines how lycee students introduce idioms of tradition and the ancestral past into the lycee context by creating a club modelled on a dance society popular in the region. In pre-colonial...
Reflections on Witchcraft, Danger, and Modernity among the Tuareg
ABSTRACT This essay explores the varied ways so-called 'witchcraft' powers are implicated today in an African society, the Tuareg of the Republic of Niger. There is analysis of the interplay of these powers and dangers in case studies and vignettes,...
The Making of the Ogoni Ethnic Group
ABSTRACT The existence of the Ogoni ethnic group is taken for granted in the literature that has grown out of the minority rights and environmentalist campaigns of the 1990s. This article departs from this tradition by engaging the historical development...