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. 3, Summer

Bernardo Bernardi
Professor Bernardo Bernardi, doyen of Italian Social Anthropologists and Africanists, died in Rome in May 2007. He played a vigorous role on the IAI Executive Council (1983-6), and through his good offices the Institute's profile in Italy was raised...
Disguising the Pain of Remembering in Akwapim
ABSTRACT In Akropong-Akwapim, south-eastern Ghana, memories of a sorrowful or conflict-laden past are accessed by verbal and visual strategies that are allusive in nature. The name-response that a mother gives to her child, sites marked in the ritual...
Lip-Synch Gospel: Christian Music and the Ethnopoetics of Identity in Kenya
ABSTRACT In recent years there has been an outpouring of Kenyan scholarship on the ways popular musicians engage with politics in the public sphere. With respect to the rise in the 1990s and 2000s of gospel music--whose politics are more pietistic...
Political Clientelism and Rural Development in South-Western Nigeria
ABSTRACT In spite of the universality of clientelism, it is often seen as a peculiar aspect of Third World politics, one which inevitably stifles development. This study examines clientelistic relationships in south-western Nigeria and their possible...
Primary Patriotism, Shifting Identity: Hometown Associations in Manyu Division, South-West Cameroon
ABSTRACT People's participation in hometown associations reveals a deep sense of belonging to their home place. It has been argued that promotion of this 'primary patriotism' by associations is potentially divisive as it may engender parochialism,...
Revisiting the Politics of Belonging in Cameroon
ABSTRACT The article introduces a themed section in the journal on hometown associations in Cameroon. It outlines the impact of ten years' work in this field and argues that notions of autochthony remain central in understanding Cameroonian politics....
Urbanites and Urban Villagers: Comparing 'Home' among Elite and Non-Elite Bamileke Women's Hometown Associations
ABSTRACT Most work on the political implications of hometown associations has focused on male elites. This contribution attends instead to the gendered varieties of hometown associations, exploring variations in the bases of shared identity among...