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. 75, No. 4, Fall

Forbidden Fruit in the Compound: A Case Study of Migration, Spousal Separation and Group-Wife Adultery in Northwest Ghana
ABSTRACT This paper explores the anthropological implications of the notion of adultery by showing how it can improve our understanding of a local debate about descent, migration and local responses to it, among communities belonging to the Dagara...
Immunizing Strategies: Hip-Hop and Critique in Tanzania
ABSTRACT Tanzania has in the last decade seen a vibrant form of hip-hop emerge that is gaining wide public exposure thanks to its political tenor. First, this article illustrates how rap lyrics reflect Tanzanian political history and in part determine...
'La Crise': Lexicon and Ethos of the Second Economy in Lubumbashi
ABSTRACT The second, or informal, economy developed later in Lubumbashi (DRC) than it had in Kinshasa. The Katanga metropolis, long protected from the process of informalization thanks to its large industrial complexes, suffered seriously from the...
The Need for Speed: Contrasting Timeframes in the Social Life of Kenyan Miraa
ABSTRACT This article contrasts two very different timeframes in the 'social life' of the plant stimulant miraa--known elsewhere as khat--in Kenya and beyond. One timeframe is connected with the old miraa trees growing in the Nyambene Hills District...
The Nile Perch in Lake Victoria: Local Responses and Adaptations
ABSTRACT Introduced into Lake Victoria in the 1950s, the Nile perch has gained fame for prompting rapid regional economic growth and for driving scores of endemic fish species into extinction. This study uses oral and archival data to trace the...
'There Is No Stranger to Marriage Here!': Muslim Women and Divorce in Rural Zanzibar
ABSTRACT In Zanzibar, many cases in rural Islamic courts involve disputes about whether or not a divorce has taken place outside of court. Zanzibari men have the right to divorce their wives unilaterally through repudiation; and, because many such...

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