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. 2, Spring

`Catch the Cockerel before Dawn': Pentecostalism and Politics in Postcolonial Zimbabwe
The study of the relations between religious movements and politics in sub-Saharan Africa continues to flourish.(1) In part, the growing literature has been stimulated by new levels of sophistication and debate.(2) But scholarship has also been moved...
Dollars and Lipstick: The United States through the Eyes of African Women
In October 1990 Aminata Diop, a 22 year old Malian woman, fled Mali to escape from an arranged marriage and genital mutilation. She took refuge in France and requested political asylum under the terms of the Geneva Convention. When her request was...
Ingessana and the Legacy of the Funj Sultanate: The Consequences of Turkish Conquest on the Blue Nile
Since the publication of a number of studies of political and social processes on the southern and south-western periphery of the old Funj Islamic sultanate of Sennar in the Nile valley (especially James, 1979; Triulzi, 1981; Ewald, 1990), the perception...
Sungusungu: State-Sponsored Village Vigilante Groups among the Kuria of Tanzania
This article describes the organisation and operation of sungusungu vigilantism in its state-sponsored incarnation as it unfolded in a village of the agro-pastoral Kuria people in Tarime District, in northern Tanzania, in the mid-1990s. In doing so,...
The `Discovery' of the Himba: The Politics of Ethnographic Film Making
BEING SO TRADITIONAL Despite the vast number of ethnographic films produced over the last ten years, and the parallel increase in literature about ethnographic film-making, there has been little discussion of ethnographic film and its relationship...
Zulu Ritual Immunisation in Perspective
Making incisions (umgcabo) and punctures (ukutshobha) in the skin for the purpose of introducing medication (umuthi, pl. imithi) into the human body is a widely used technique in traditional Zulu medicine. It may be ranked with the use of injections...