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. 71, No. 1, Winter

Being of `One Heart': Power and Politics among the Iraqw of Tanzania
ABSTRACT This article explores local understandings of and experience with democracy in an Iraqw community in northern Tanzania. At independence, President Julius Nyerere in his development of a one-party state, argued that democracy in this new...
Books Received
Adeeko, A. Proverbs, Textuality, and Nativism in African Literature. Gainesville FL and London: University Press of Florida, 1998, 154 pp., 39.95 [pounds sterling], ISBN 0 8130 1562 6. Arnold, Guy, Historical Dictionary of Civil Wars in Africa....
Reinterpreting the Rural-Urban Connection: Migration Practices and Socio-Cultural Dispositions of Buhera Workers in Harare
ABSTRACT In the academic debate on labour migration and urbanisation in Southern Africa the persistence of links between urban workers and people in rural areas has proved a pertinent issue. As is implied by the term labour migration, economic forces...
Rethinking Ancestors and Colonial Power in Madagascar
ABSTRACT This article reconsiders the relationship between ancestors and colonial power through a comparative analysis of the mortuary rituals of two Malagasy peoples, the Betsimisaraka of the east coast and the Karembola of the deep south. In contrast...
The Chadian Tubu: Contemporary Nomads Who Conquered a State
ABSTRACT In the literature on pastoralist groups and the state, nomads are usually seen as increasingly marginalised today, whereas in the past nomads have often been described as `state builders'. But one interesting, if atypical, case has been...
Wayward Pastoral Ghosts and Regional Xenophobia in a Northern Madagascar Town
ABSTRACT In the plantation region of the Sambirano Valley in north-west Madagascar the spirits of wandering foreign dead haunt the region's forests. They are the displaced ghosts of migratory Antandroy, drawn here in search of employment. As pastoralists...
Where Have All the Young Men Gone? Evidences and Explanations of Changing Age-Sex Ratios in Kampala
ABSTRACT In the second half of the twentieth century the population of Kampala grew substantially and the long-remarked surplus of men over women began to level out. These general trends are equally evident in other African cities, but important...
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