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. 79, No. 4, Fall

Biafran Pound Notes
ABSTRACT This article examines the recent re-release of the Biafran pound currency, previously used by the breakaway Republic of Biafra between 1968 and 1970, by the separatist-revival group the Movement for the Actualization of a Sovereign State...
'It Brought Some Kind of Neatness to Mankind': Mass Literacy, Community Development and Democracy in 1950s Asante
ABSTRACT This article is concerned with mass education in late colonial Ghana. The first part examines how people in the Ashanti Region interpreted and responded to a policy that was conceived in the period of power sharing between an African nationalist...
Sex, Sexuality and Negotiating Africanness in Nairobi
ABSTRACT This article presents two themes: how young professionals personally experience sexuality and issues of cultural belonging or identification; and how these issues are interrelated in their lives. I identify ways in which 'young professionals'...
The Conservative Aspects of a Centripetal Diaspora: The Case of the Cape Verdean Tabancas
ABSTRACT This article deals with the continuous flow of resources, values and goods that takes place within a Cape Verdean institution called tabanca. It examines the effects of some practices of the so-called Cape Verdean diaspora on local forms...
The Impact of Rural Political Economy on Gender Relations in Islamizing Hausaland, Nigeria
ABSTRACT This article departs from general anthropological debates about the nature of gender to focus more narrowly on the impact of political economy and religion on gender relations. It explores the dialectic between commodification, Islamic...
The Power of Ambiguity: The Nature and Efficacy of the Zamble Masks Revealed by 'Disease Masks' among the Gouro People (Cote D'ivoire)
ABSTRACT Among the Gouro masks, Zamble, a composite animal figure, and Gu, a fine- featured woman's face, are known to art lovers around the world. Today their profane avatars, Flali and Zaouli, are at the heart of masquerades that are much enjoyed...
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