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. 4, Fall

A Question of Honour: Property Disputes and Brokerage in Burkina Faso
Rightly to be great Is not to stir without great argument, But greatly to find quarrel in a straw When honour's at the stake. Shakespeare, Hamlet IV, 4 Les choses que l'honneur defend sont plus rigoureusement defendus, lorsque les lois ne concourent...
Books Received
Achterberg, Angeline van. 1998. Out of the Shadows: the first African Indigenous Women's Conference. Amsterdam: NCIV, 15.00 [pounds sterling], 135 pp., ISBN 90 5727 020 9. Bird, Richard, and Vaillancourt, Francois. 1999. Fiscal Decentralisation...
`Caste' in Africa: The Evidence from South-Western Ethiopia Reconsidered
In an article entitled `Caste in Africa', published two decades ago in Africa, Todd (1977: 410) suggested that further ethnography in southern Ethiopia would `produce a body of comparative data to support my assertion that we can indeed speak of caste'....
Continuity and Change in the Gwembe Tonga Family and Their Relevance to Demography's Nucleation Thesis
Demography has been criticised recently for failing to take on board theoretical and methodological advances in cognate disciplines. McNicoll, for instance, argues convincingly that demographic theory is `increasingly divorced from any larger, cumulative...
Dagara Bagr: Ritualising Myth of Social Foundation
Much has been written on the groups of people who today call themselves Dagara, Dagaaba, Lobi and Birifor, and who mostly inhabit the North West Region of Ghana and the south-west of Burkina Faso. The language spoken throughout this region consists...
Loma Political Culture: A Phenomenology of Structural Form
This article discusses the implications of a particular model of political culture in Upper Guinea forest societies for the understanding of Loma political and religious organisation. The theory in question focuses on the semantics of territory and...
The Barracuda's Tale: Trawlers, the Informal Sector and a State of Classificatory Disorder off the Nigerian Coast
Over the past two. decades the subject of Nigerian food production has invited critical scrutiny from scholars in the related fields of anthropology, political science and development studies (Bates 1981; Beckman and Andrae, 1986; Clough, 1981; Guyer,...