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. 74, No. 1, Winter

Children's Children: Time and Relatedness in Eastern Uganda
ABSTRACT This article brings two analytic perspectives to bear on temporal aspects of relations to children's children. The first, which we call processual time, is the long-term, 'experience-distant', view of household developmental cycles over...
Grandparents and Grandchildren in Kwahu, Ghana: The Performance of Respect
ABSTRACT This description of relations between grandparents and grandchildren in a rural Ghanaian community argues that the quality of these relations varies according to age and gender. Literature on African kinship has almost entirely focused...
Grandparents as Foster-Parents: Transformations in Foster Relations between Grandparents and Grandchildren in Northern Benin: In Memory of Bona Taowere (C.1910-2000)
ABSTRACT This article deals with an aspect of the special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren: the fosterage of grandchildren by their (classificatory) grandparents. By becoming social parents with full responsibility for their social...
Lifetimes Intertwined: African Grandparents and Grandchildren
In this volume we return to one of the treasures of our contributors' anthropological heritage: the study of kinship in Africa. We have chosen to focus on the intertwined lives of grandparents and grandchildren because they raise so clearly fundamental...
Shared Lives: Exploring Practices of Amity between Grandmothers and Grandchildren in Western Kenya
ABSTRACT This essay explores the relationships between three Luo grandmothers and their grandchildren with particular attention to forms of address and of sharing as practices of amity. Classic Africanist kinship studies identified these as central...
Sharing Home, Food, and Bed: Paths of Grandmotherhood in East Cameroon
ABSTRACT This article focuses on relationships between grandmothers and grandchildren in an urban society in East Cameroon. It argues that despite fluid generational demarcations between grandmothers and mothers, women perform their grandmotherhood...
The Value of Grandchildren: Changing Relations between Generations in Botswana
ABSTRACT This article is concerned with the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren in changing Tswana society. It argues that, in order to understand this relationship and how this has been changing, we have to look at different sets...