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. 71, No. 4, Fall

Africa's `Last Wilderness' Reordering Space for Political and Economic in Colonial Tanzania
ABSTRACT Focusing on south-eastern Tanzania, this article explores the colonial state's spatial strategies for economic and political control of its citizenry and their concurrence with strategies to control and conserve nature. Analysing British...
Books Received
Banham, Martin, Gibbs, James, and Osofisan, Femi (eds), African theatre in Development. Oxford: James Currey, 1999, 182 pp., 35.00 [pounds sterling], ISBN 0 85255 954 61 (hard covers), 11.95 [pounds sterling], ISBN 0 85255 599 7 (paperback). Bautz,...
By the Sweat of Their Brow? `Street Children', NGOs and Children's Rights in Addis Ababa
ABSTRACT In the past two decades NGOs helping `street children' in Addis Ababa have distinguished themselves by their adherence to highly controversial assumptions about the nature of childhood and the failure of the poor to raise their children...
`The Arrow of God' Pentecostalism, Inequality, and the Supernatural in South-Eastern Nigeria
ABSTRACT In September 1996 the city of Owerri in south-eastern Nigeria erupted in riots over popular suspicion that the town's nouveaux riches were responsible for a spate of ritual murders allegedly committed in the pursuit of `fast wealth'. In...
There Are Many Kongo Worlds Particularities of Magico-Religious Beliefs among the Vili and Yombe of Congo-Brazzaville
ABSTRACT The article analyses the distinctiveness of magico-religious practices in the north-western sector of the vast Kongo cultural complex, namely among the peoples who refer to themselves as Vili and Yombe. On the basis of fieldwork and a critical...
Urban Agriculture in Mwanza, Tanzania
ABSTRACT Many people living in Mwanza, Tanzania, provision themselves through urban agriculture--the planting of crops and raising of animals in urban and peri-urban areas, as well as in the countryside. This article compares Mwanza's urban farmers...
`Voodoo' on the Doorstep Young Nigerian Prostitutes and Magic Policing in the Netherlands
ABSTRACT This article deals with the moral panic that emerged in the Netherlands when it became publicly known that under-age Nigerian girls were being smuggled into the country to be put to `work' in the sex industry. A massive police investigation...