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. 72, No. 3, Summer

A Religion of the Rupee: Materialist Encounters in North-West Tanzania
ABSTRACT This article examines the moral ambiguities of materialism that emerged with the coffee trade in north-west Tanganyika. The White Fathers, who played a prominent (often unintended) role in the growth of coffee markets, and the Haya villagers...
Chieftaincy and the State in Abacha's Nigeria: Kingship, Political Rivalry and Competing Histories in Abeokuta during the 1990s
ABSTRACT This article investigates the relationship between chieftaincy and the state in modern Nigeria. It focuses on politics and the mythical history of kings in the city of Abeokuta and argues that, particularly during the 1990s, the royal...
Converts to Human Rights? Popular Debate about War and Justice in Rural Central Sierra Leone
ABSTRACT Internationally, war in Sierra Leone (1991-2002) is regarded as an instance of violent conflict driven by economic factors (attempts to control the mining of alluvial diamonds). Fieldwork (2000-01) in rural areas recovering from war...
Democracy in Africa?
M. BRATTON and NICOLAS VAN DE VALLE, Democratic Experiments in Africa. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1997. A. OLUKOSHI (ed.), The Politics of Opposition in Contemporary Africa. Uppsala, Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 1998. J. DANIEL, ROGER...
From Wisdon to Witchcraft: Ambivalence towards Old Age in Rural Ghana
ABSTRACT This article presents fragments of conversation with elderly and younger people in the rural town of Kwahu Taro. The statements of the various speakers are often contradictory. The borders between respect and hatred, admiration and envy,...
The Resilience of Jouk: Confronting Suffering in Eastern Uganda
ABSTRACT `It all comes down to juok' is the recurrent answer to enquiries about suffering and misfortune among the Nilotic Jop'Adhola of eastern Uganda. Understanding what it means to `believe' in juok requires a theoretical approach that recognises...
The Spirit of Competition: Wak in Burkina Faso
ABSTRACT This article examines the occult powers used to obtain protection or to gain an advantage in modern competitive arenas. In Burkina Faso, these powers are widely known as wak. The discussion focuses on sporting events, an area largely...