Death and Dying in the History of Africa Since 1800

Lee, Rebekah and Vaughan, Megan. 2008. Death and Dying in the History of Africa Since 1800. The Journal of African History, 49(3), pp. 341-59. ISSN 0021-8537 [Article]

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In this Introduction to the Special Issue on Death in African History we explore issues raised by the existing literature and suggest ways forward for future research. Death has long been a central concern of social anthropological writing on African societies, and of the extensive literature on African belief sys- tems. Until recently, however, little attention has been paid to the history of death practices in Africa in relation to demographic change, urbanization, the interven- tions of the colonial and postcolonial state and the availability of new technologies. We explore the ways in which these forces have contributed to re-inventions of practices and beliefs surrounding death which are both self-evidently ‘modern’ and yet also rooted in a much longer history.

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