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. 4, Fall

Environment, Society and the State in Western Eritrea
ABSTRACT This article examines the relationship between the environment, society and the state in the Gash-Setit region of western Eritrea. Through an analysis of the environmental narrative of the local communities and the state, it explores...
Planning 'Suburban Bliss' in Joe Slovo Park, Cape Town
ABSTRACT Joe Slovo Park, a housing development in a white middle-class suburb of Cape Town, was designed to replace the shack settlement of Marconi Beam with an orderly working-class suburb. This article focuses on the vicissitudes of post-apartheid...
The Cognitive Rationality of Taboos on Production and Reproduction in Sub-Saharan Africa
ABSTRACT All over sub-saharan Africa, menstruating women, pregnant women and sexual relations are seen as incompatible with productive activities (hunting, blacksmithing, cattle herding, agriculture, pottery, beer brewing, etc.). The article...
The Religious Conversion Process among the Sidama of North-East Africa
ABSTRACT This article analyses the conversion process and the experiences of the Sidama, in being proselytised by Protestant missionaries in an attempt to integrate them into the modernising Ethiopian state. The conversion process is considered...
Wombs as God's Laboratories: Pentecostal Discourses of Femininity in Zimbabwe
ABSTRACT Studies of born-again Churches in Africa generally conclude that they help members embrace modernity. Their teachings provide the ideological bases for members to embrace changing material realities. Such studies are rather silent on...