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. 2, Spring

Agricultural Intensification and the Decline of Pastoralism: A Case Study from Kenya
There is an extensive literature on differentiation, stratification and emergent rural class formation in Kenya, based on both current and historical data (e.g. Berman and Lonsdale, 1992; Kitching, 1980; Leys, 1975, 1996). This literature is based...
Cattle Raiding and Household Demography among the Kuria of Tanzania
Although a fair amount has been written on the subject of African `crime' in general (e.g. Read, 1964; Brillon, 1985; Austen, 1986; Cohen, 1986; Crummey, 1986) and East African livestock theft in particular (e.g. Fukui and Turton, 1979; Anderson, 1986;...
Christianity, Modernity and the Weight of Tradition in the Life of Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh I, C. 1888-1931
Much has been written on the eventful reign of Asantehene (king of Asante) Agyeman Prempeh I (c. 1888-1931), as his reign coincided with civil war in the 1880s and the British colonisation of Asante in 1896 (Fuller, 1921; Tordoff, 1965; Lewin, 1978;...
Islam or Christianity? the Choices of the Wawa and the Kwanja of Cameroon
The speed with which Islam and Christianity have spread in sub-Saharan Africa since colonisation is remarkable and has raised several kinds of question. The first is why groups converted when and where they did. In Adamawa, Cameroon, rural populations...
Militarism, Gender and Reproductive Suffering: The Case of Abortion in Western Dinka
This article addresses the issue of abortion and reproductive suffering among the Dinka in an emergency relief centre called Akon and in a number of adjacent villages in south-western Sudan (hereafter, Western Dinka). It does so in the context of culturally...
Sorcery Accusations Unleashed: The Lele Revisited, 1987
The story I am about to relate is painful, as were the events themselves for those who were tortured and died and for the others who had to live through them. I am still not sure that it should be exposed to the light. Reputations will be at risk,...