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. 80, No. 2, Spring

'A Light-Hearted Bunch of Ladies': Gendered Power and Irreverent Piety in the Ghanaian Methodist Diaspora
ABSTRACT This article explores the making of gendered and religious identities among a group of Ghanaian Methodist women in London by bringing to the fore the complex and irreverent ways in which the women of Susanna Wesley Mission Auxiliary (SUWMA)...
Cocoa, Marriage, Labour and Land in Ghana: Some Matrilineal and Patrilineal Perspectives
ABSTRACT There is evidence to show that the institution of marriage, particularly customary law marriage, has served as an important framework for the extraction of conjugal labour as a factor in cocoa production since its introduction in the Gold...
'My "Veil" Does Not Go with My Jeans': Veiling, Fundamentalism, Education and Women's Agency in Northern Cameroon
ABSTRACT This article demonstrates that the struggle over the Muslim 'veil' in public schools, which is related to tensions between the norms of secular democracy and principles of religious tolerance, has also become a topic of debate in Cameroon....
Past Pentecostalism: Notes on Rupture, Realignment, and Everyday Life in Pentecostal and African Independent Churches
ABSTRACT Pentecostal studies has been one of the most vibrant areas of research in Africa for over twenty years, but is it time we started to look past Pentecostalism? Using some of the most important work in this tradition as a point of departure,...
Playing Pool along the Shores of Lake Victoria: Fishermen, Careers and Capital Accumulation in the Ugandan Nile Perch Business
ABSTRACT The 1990s saw the emergence of a thriving Nile perch export market from East Africa. This commercial table fish species is landed by migrant fishermen at villages that have sprung up along the shores of Lake Victoria, and then exported...
Post-Colonial Migration: Virtual Culture, Urban Farming and New Peri-Urban Growth in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, 1975-2000
ABSTRACT Using ethnographic and historical approaches, this article examines unplanned, peri-urban settlements on Dares Salaam's northern and western fringe, where urban farming is central to many residents' household economy. Contrasting with conventional...