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 Summer

Elite Associations and the Politics of Belonging in Cameroon
Anthropologists of the Manchester school are generally credited with first recognising the complexity of the family and kinship ties that bind urban migrants to their regions of origin in Africa (Gluckman, 1940; Mitchell, 1969). Gluckman distanced...
Home-Town Linkages and Local Development in South-Western Nigeria Whose Agenda? What Impact?
What else is development other than helping your home town? Niyi Akinnaso(1) The comment quoted here provides a crucial perspective for the subject of this article: home-town linkages and local development in Nigeria. To many Nigerians the `home...
Islam, Gender and Urbanisation among the Mafa of North Cameroon: The Differing Commitment to `Home' among Muslims and Non-Muslims
In his seminal article on urbanisation in eastern Nigeria, Joseph Gugler concludes that Igbo urbanites are `living in a dual system', since they continue to maintain close links with their villages of origin (Gugler, 1971, 1991). Their commitment to...
Power and the Quest for Recognition: Neotraditional Titles among the New Elite in Nso', Cameroon
INTRODUCTION The past decade has been a difficult one for most Cameroonians, and especially so for those living in the anglophone regions of the country. With a 50 per cent devaluation of the CFA franc in the early 1990s, and another rumoured to...
The Urban-Rural Connection: Changing Issues of Belonging and Identification
A special characteristic of urbanisation in Africa is the continuing commitment of many urbanites to `the village'.(1) In the 1960s researchers were already emphasising that life in the cities could hardly be understood without reference to the continuing...
Through the Prism of a Local Tragedy: Political Liberalisation, Regionalism and Elite Struggles for Power in Cameroon
The euphoria with which the emergence of pro-democracy movements in Africa in the early 1990s was greeted has waned. Many authoritarian regimes have proved adept at managing demands for political reform without conceding much power, while regimes which...
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