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African Seminars: Scholarship from the International African Institute


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Originally published between 1986 and 1989 the 8 volumes in this set reflect the research and debate surrounding many issues for the African economy, society and culture and as such make a vital contribution to effective development, both rural and urban. They re-issue key titles from the International African Library and the International African Seminars and address themes of direct relevance to contemporary Africa on topics as diverse as medicine, migration, housing, pastorialism and marriage.

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Pastoralists of the West African Savanna: Selected Studies Presented and Discussed at the Fifteenth International African Seminar held at Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, July 1979

Pastoralists of the West African Savanna: Selected Studies Presented and Discussed at the Fifteenth International African Seminar held at Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, July 1979

1st Edition

Mahdi Adamu, A. H. M. Kirk-Greene
August 06, 2018

Originally published in 1986, this volume deals with various aspects of the life of the pastoralists who live in the area between what was Senegambia and Cameroon. It analyses the changing relations between pastoralists and agricultural peoples, and the changes that pastoral societies are...

Housing Africa's Urban Poor

Housing Africa's Urban Poor

1st Edition

Philip Amis, Peter Lloyd
August 06, 2018

Originally published in 1990, this book reveals the extent to which petty landlordism is developing not just in the African urban settlements that have sprung up but in government-sponsored low-cost housing estates. The first part of the book traces African governments' changing responses to urban...

Transformations of African Marriage

Transformations of African Marriage

1st Edition

David Parkin, David Nyamwaya
August 06, 2018

Originally published in 1987, this book shows that there is still considerable continuity in the practices and ideas of marriage in Afican against a background of social and economic change. This book discusses the diverse marriage forms in Africa and explores the different systems some of which...

Feeding African Cities: Studies in Regional Social History

Feeding African Cities: Studies in Regional Social History

1st Edition

Jane Guyer
August 06, 2018

Originally published in 1987, this book traces the broad outlines of urban food policy, drawing attention to the limited knowledge of regional social history. Urban food supply systems in Africa have developed very fast, in the midst of societies in which food production was not in general oriented...

The Professionalisation of African Medicine

The Professionalisation of African Medicine

1st Edition

Murray Last, G. L. Chavunduka
August 06, 2018

Originally published in 1986, this book draws upon a range of authors to reflect wide interest in systematising traditional medicine, and to include material on significant instances of regulation or organisation. It was the first book to study the efforts of traditional healers and their newly...

Migrants No More: Settlement and Survival in Mambwe Villages, Zambia

Migrants No More: Settlement and Survival in Mambwe Villages, Zambia

1st Edition

Johan Pottier
August 06, 2018

Originally published in 1988, this book documents genealogical developments which, together with changes in agricultural production, religious ethic, politics, gender relations, patterns of solidarity and trade were local adjustments to the economic crisis of the 1970s and 80s in Zambia. The book...

Patrons and Power: Creating a Political Community in Metropolitan Lagos

Patrons and Power: Creating a Political Community in Metropolitan Lagos

1st Edition

Sandra T. Barnes
August 06, 2018

Originally published in 1986, this urban political ethnography focusses on Mushin, a large suburb of metropolitan Lagos, Nigeria. It explores the mechanisms which bridge the various social categories to bring about political interaction. The book traces the development of Mushin from a collection...

Identities on the Move: Clanship and Pastorialism in Northern Kenya

Identities on the Move: Clanship and Pastorialism in Northern Kenya

1st Edition

Günther Schlee
August 06, 2018

Originally published in 1989, this book examines how the inter-ethnic relationships of the clans of the pastoral Rendille, Gabbra, Sakuye and some Somalis of northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia came about. It also examines the uses to which these inter-ethnic relationships are put: for example in...

African Seminars: Scholarship from the International African Institute

African Seminars: Scholarship from the International African Institute

1st Edition

Various Authors
August 06, 2018

Originally published between 1986 and 1989 the 8 volumes in this set reflect the research and debate surrounding many issues for the African economy, society and culture and as such make a vital contribution to effective development, both rural and urban. They re-issue key titles from the...

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