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. 70, No. 4, Fall

Bill Shack, 1923-2000
The following appreciation by Elizabeth Colson and Suzanne Calpestri was written for the memorial service held in the Great Hall of the Faculty Club, University of California, Berkeley, on Thursday 6 April 2000: William Alfred Shack, distinguished...
Contents and Contexts the Rhetoric of Oral Traditions in the ??Man of Sefwi Wiawso, Ghana
ABSTRACT This article examines political oral traditions in the Sefwi (Akan) area of Ghana. Two types of narrative are studied: negotiations over the political status of stools within the kingdom and the claims to succession of matrilineal branches...
Meret Shehena, `Brothers' Land' S. F. Nadel's Land Tenure on the Eritrean Plateau Revisited
ABSTRACT This article revisits S.F. Nadel's study on land tenure in highland Eritrea from the mid-1940s, and presents the current framework of the communal land tenure system of meret shehena. Under the meret shehena system, all land under the domain...
State Policies, Local Prejudices and Cattle Rustling along the Ghana-Burkina Faso Border
ABSTRACT This article briefly discusses the various factors that gave rise to tension in northern Ghana between Fulbe pastoralists coming in from Burkina Faso and the local Kassena farmers (who have livestock of their own). The Ghanaian government's...
The Persistence of Subsistence and the Limits to Development Studies: The Challenge of Tanzania
ABSTRACT There are two general approaches to assessing what is known as `development'. First, there are classical accounts focusing on Europe's development during the industrial revolution. They describe how urban areas expanded at the expense of...
The Significance of Earth-Eating: Social and Cultural Aspects of Geophagy among Luo Children
ABSTRACT Earth-eating is common among primary school children in Luoland, western Kenya. This article describes the social significance and meanings attributed to it. Earth-eating is practised among children before puberty, irrespective of their...
Violence and the Crisis of Conciliation: Suri, Dizi and the State in South-West Ethiopia
ABSTRACT This article examines the social and political background of escalating violence between ethnic groups in south-western Ethiopia who until recently had customary and ritually sanctioned ways of resolving conflict. It highlights the impact...