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. 1, Winter

Baat??nu Personal Names from Birth to Death
The Baat??mbu (or Bariba), numbering some 500,000 comprise the largest ethnic group of northern Benin. They occupy most of the historical region known as Borgu, of which a small part is situated in adjacent Nigeria. Their language, Baat??num, is a...
Entre Orientalisme et Ethnographie: L'itineraire D'un Africaniste, 1870-1926
When Mestizo Logics originally appeared in 1990 (as Logiques metisses) it was welcomed by several historically-minded reviewers working in the anglophone world (Conrad, 1992; Launay, 1989; Robinson, 1992), among them the editor of Stanford's Mestizo...
Medicine Murder in Basutoland: Colonial Rule and Moral Crisis
THE LATE 1940s: `A VERY STARTLING INCREASE' Two chiefs were hanged at dawn on Wednesday 3 August 1949 in the gaol at Maseru, the capital of the British colony of Basutoland. One was Bereng Griffith Lerotholi, Principal Chief of the Phamong ward...
Murder and the Political Body in Early Colonial Ibadan
On 8 November 1902 Baale Mosaderin and ten Ibadan chiefs passed judgement on three men found guilty of murder. They considered them `worthy of death' but recommended that a fine should `be inflicted' on two of the perpetrators, and the third imprisoned....
The Chi Concept in Igbo Gender Naming
GENDER IN IGBO NAMES A substantial number of Igbo females bear names associated with Chi, `the Igbo personal life force', while equally a substantial number of males bear names associated with Chi's compound form, Chukwu (Chi ukwu) translated as...
Ujamaa Revisited: Indigenous and European Influences in Nyerere's Social and Political Thought
ABSTRACT The debate over the indigenous versus the European roots of `African democracy' has regained importance recently. Using the critical tools of cultural anthropology, the social and political thought of Julius K. Nyerere from Tanzania is...
Ways of Death: Accounts of Terror from Angolan Refugees in Namibia
There was a person in Kuito [Kuanavale] called Vindindo. When he captures somebody, he cuts him/her up with an axe and drinks the blood. Like when they came and seized Nyavihoma [the mother of Vihoma], he killed her and drank the blood. Then he spat...