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. 1, Winter

Community, Forestry and Conditionality in the Gambia
The environmentalism of the late 1980s and early 1990s was distinguished by massive `global' undertakings such as the Rio Earth Summit, the proliferation of `global change' studies in the academy, and development interventions carried out under the...
Decentralisation, Participation and Accountability in Sahelian Forestry: Legal Instruments of Political-Administrative Control
As a form of rule, apartheid is what Smuts [1936] called institutional segregation, the British termed indirect rule, and the French association. It is this common State form that I call decentralised despotism. [Mamdani, 1996: 8] Policies...
Doglientiri: An Institutionalised Relationship between Women among the Bulsa of Northern Ghana
This article presents a specific social relationship among women among the Bulsa of northern Ghana. This relation is known by the term doglientiri or doglieni, composed of the words dok, `room', and lie, `daughter'. The partners of this particular...
Mchape '95, or, the Sudden Fame of Billy Goodson Chisupe: Healing, Social Memory and the Enigma of the Public Sphere in Post-Banda Malawi
In April 1995 I received a letter from a Malawian friend informing me that thousands of people were travelling down to the south of Malawi to `drink mchape'. It was a reference in passing. No particular explanation, no further elaboration was given....
Negotiating Asante Family Survival in Kumasi, Ghana
Remarkable flexibility in the residential and financial arrangements attached to marriage, parenthood and matrilineal kinship has remained a consistent characteristic of the Asante family system throughout this century. Asante cultural norms allowed...
The Self in Self-Interest: Land, Labour and Temporalities in Malawi's Agrarian Change
In the southern margin of Dedza District in Malawi's Central Region (see map opposite), the site of over two years of fieldwork in 1992-93 and 1996-97, communal work parties appear to be on the decline. In contrast, smaller-scale labour contracts,...