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. 2, Spring

Between Global Interests and Local Needs: Conservation and Land Reform in Namaqualand, South Africa
ABSTRACT This article presents the case of the creation and expansion of Namaqua National Park in Namaqualand, South Africa, to highlight the contradictions between global interests in biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods. Despite the...
Disgust, Bodily Aesthetics and the Ethic of Being Human in Botswana
ABSTRACT This article explores how people in Botswana approach and navigate their own feelings of disgust and morbid curiosity towards the aesthetically impaired bodies of their fellow citizens, and the problems and opportunities these feelings...
From 'People's Struggle' to 'This War of Today': Entanglements of Peace and Conflict in Guinea-Bissau
ABSTRACT This article aims at contributing to our understanding of violence and warfare in contemporary West Africa by adopting a bi-focal analysis that looks both at power struggles within the urban elite and at the grassroots multi-ethnic setting...
Introduction: The Ecology of Fencing
In the autumn of 2004, a remarkable gathering of 102 scholars took place at St Antony's College, Oxford: they had come for an interdisciplinary symposium on 'Trees, rain, and politics in Africa: the dynamics and politics of climatic and environmental...
Negotiated or Negated? the Rhetoric and Reality of Customary Tenure in an Ashanti Village in Ghana
ABSTRACT Customary land tenure is seen as a field in which social and political relationships are diverse, overlapping and competing. Property regimes are, therefore, often analysed in terms of processes of negotiation, with people's social and...
One Hundred Years of Separation: The Historical Ecology of a South African 'Coloured Reserve'
ABSTRACT During the twentieth century, the 20,000 hectares commons surrounding the village of Paulshoek as well as the neighbouring privately-owned farms have been significantly influenced by evolving land-use practices driven largely by socio-economic...
'The Fertile Brain and Inventive Power of Man': Anthropogenic Factors in the Cessation of Springbok Treks and the Disruption of the Karoo Ecosystem, 1865-1908
ABSTRACT The demise of springbok treks, the irruptive migration patterns of the species in South Africa's Karoo region, has long been attributed to the rinderpest epizootic understood to have coincided in both time and space with the last of the...