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. 2, Spring

Gendered Ritual Dualism in a Patrilineal Society: Opposition and Complementarity in Kulere Fertility Cults
ABSTRACT Although a favourable position for women is usually anticipated where they occupy important economic roles in the context of matrilineal descent, such a position may well exist in a patrilineal society, especially if women organise as in...
Gold Trading Networks and the Creation of Trust: A Case Study from Northern Benin
ABSTRACT The paper provides insights into an illicit trading system and explores the logics that contribute to its proliferation. It joins the literature on informal trading networks and revises conventional wisdom about what is necessary to sustain...
Marginalisation of the Waata Oromo Hunter-Gatherers of Kenya: Insider and Outsider Perspectives
ABSTRACT This paper examines how the way of life of a little known group of hunter-gatherers, the Waata Oromo, was brought to an end through British colonial wildlife conservation laws and the creation of national parks in Kenya. Through this policy...
The Internal Dynamics of Ethnicity: Clan Names, Origins and Castes in Southern Zimbabwe
ABSTRACT Since the late 1960s, researchers have primarily regarded ethnicity as the result of increasing international relations, and thus often as a comparative phenomenon. Although this research has been immensely important for its critique of...
The Transfer of Trust: Ethnicities as Economic Institutions in the Livestock Trade in West and East Africa
ABSTRACT This article explores the role of ethnic identity in the framework of the livestock trade in West and East Africa. It argues that ethnic identity was used as an instrument to build trust relationships that were vital to the development...
Transacting Obasinjom: The Dissemination of a Cult Agency in the Cross River Area
ABSTRACT During the twentieth century, Obasinjom became one of the best known and most effective cult agencies in the Cross River area of Cameroon and Nigeria. This paper aims at reconstructing the history of Obasinjom and some of its variants....