International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 321

IJSA Articles

Witchcraft and the law in Tanzania

December 2009

  Witchcraft is a topical subject and an intriguing phenomenon in Africa. Thriving on belief systems it baffles and confronts ruling elites with dilemmas on how to deal with it. Tanzania experiences grim consequences by the entrenchment of witchcraft in the country including social exclusion, expulsion and even murder of alleged witches. The legal system copes inadequately with the challenges of witchcraft...

Author(s): Simeon Mesaki

An investigation of sin and evil in African cosmology

December 2009

  The research has found out that, in our world, the appalling depth and extent of human suffering is evident and very much experienced. Evil and suffering are not just philosophical and theological aspects of human existence but is a personal problem that every human person experiences. There are occurrences in nature, for example, catastrophes, floods, earthquakes, which cause harm, misery and suffering to...

Author(s): Kasomo Daniel

An analysis of the rites of passage and their relation to christianity

December 2009

  The paper discussed the impact of rites of passage to the individual and how it engenders one and makes one accepted in the societal norms. The emphasis and the central point of this work was mainly to deal with the relevance of rites of passage in the contemporary society, it touched certain rites that the society currently looks at in disdain especially circumcision of women, which is geared towards...

Author(s): Kasomo Daniel

Politics of water: The case of the Hirakud dam in Orissa, India

December 2009

    Although three quarters of the globe is covered with water, there is a crisis for fresh water. In the next two decades many countries might fail to provide safe drinking water to their citizens if there is no cooperative and systematic effort. The best way out would be to store and utilize the runoff in the rainy season. Large dams have been found to be popular for this purpose. While these are...

Author(s): Balgovind Baboo

Anthropology and parallelism: The individual as a universal

November 2009

It is difficult to define perspective within sets that are self belonging. For example in the study of man-kind, anthropology, both men and their studies fall into the same category that contains the topic out-line. This situation entails a universal quality of uniqueness, an instance of it, to the topic of anthropology that may be viewed in parallel with the topic of nature as the set of unique particulars. Yet one...

Author(s): Marvin E. Kirsh

The factors militating against the education of girls: A case study in Kenya

November 2009

  This research attempted to find out the factors militating against the education of girls in Lower Eastern Province, Kenya. The main purpose of the research was to establish the magnitude of the effects of the factors that are known to militate against the education of girls. The investigation employed both qualitative and quantitative methods of research. A Survey design was used in the research. The study...

Author(s): Kasomo Daniel

An examination of co-existence of religion and politics

November 2009

  This article is an attempt to prove that Religion and politics are two realms inseparable basically because they concern the same subject matter, namely man and woman, who are both material and spiritual. This article sought primarily to provoke thinking in these great issues of the day, and tried to discuss how religious people, both individually and collectively, can take up the challenge and responsibility...

Author(s): Kasomo Daniel

Impact of UNDP microfinance programme on poverty alleviation among farmers in selected local government areas of Kaduna State, Nigeria

October 2009

  This study assessed the impact of the UNDP Micro-finance Programme on the poverty status of farmers in the study area, examined the impact of UNDP’s micro-credit scheme on the beneficiaries, determined the profitability of agricultural enterprises engaged by the farmers, determine the relationship between inputs used and the effect on farmers output and identify the constraints associated with...

Author(s): T. M. Kudi, S. B. Odugbo, A. L. Banta and M. B. Hassan

How do I address you? Forms of address in Oko

October 2009

  This paper is an ethno-linguistic and pragmatic documentation of the forms of address in Oko, a dialect of Igbo. Such a study is necessary considering the gradual yet steady death of many languages in Nigeria or aspects of these languages as in the case with Igbo. Data for analysis are collected mainly through native-speaker introspection and personal observation. However, I crosschecked the data with older...

Author(s): Uchenna Oyali

Social networks and livelihood of street children in Ibadan, Nigeria

September 2009

  In Nigeria, in spite of remarkable natural and human resources, most people have tasted the bitter pills of poverty; however, children in Nigeria experience poverty differently. This is particularly noteworthy in the way most children are deprived of nutrition, water, sanitation facilities, access to basic health-care services, shelter, education and protection. Hence, poverty makes them unable to enjoy their...

Author(s): Faloore Olutola Omiyinka

The theology of inculturation and the African church

September 2009

  This paper investigated the theology of inculturation and the African Church. Specifically, the study set to examined the demand and relevance of inculturation for cultural development, assess inculturation message to Africa, determine the role of Small Christian Communities and examine the impact of inculturation in African Church. The study was based on both primary and secondary data collected for a period...

Author(s): Sussy Gumo Kurgat

Effect of cohesion on loan repayment in farmers’ cooperative societies in Delta State, Nigeria

August 2009

  This study was carried out in Delta State to assess the effect of cohesion of farmers’ cooperative societies on loan repayment among members in Delta State. One hundred and twenty-one respondents were selected through multi-stage sampling procedure for the study. Data were collected with the use of structured interview schedule and were analyzed using descriptive statistics while the hypothesis was...

Author(s): A. U. Ofuoku and E. Urang

Strengthening tribal communities through tribal women's self help groups in Kerala

August 2009

This article examined on an evaluation of tribal women's Self Help Groups (SHGs) in an area of Kerala. Groups were evaluated, in terms of their success as in relation to their contribution to gender development. The study reveals that tribal women alleged changes in their identity towards working collectively to pressure for change at the village and panchyat levels. They organized in community and social action...

Author(s): K. B. Nidheesh

Socio- demographics, life event stressors and psychosomatic disorders among public servants in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria

July 2009

  This study aimed at relating socio-demographics of people and their life event stressors to psychosomatic disorders or symptoms they have experienced or suffered during their day to day living. The respondents were 1631 public servants systematically sampled in Nigeria’s oil rich Niger-Delta region of the Federation which has nine out of the thirty-six States. Their socio-demographics included: sex,...

Author(s): C. Ewhrudjakpor

Aso-oke (Yoruba’s hand woven textiles) usage among the youths in Lagos, southwestern Nigeria

July 2009

  Nigeria today is faced with daunting developmental challenges. This is particularly noteworthy in its manufacturing sector which is at present comatose. The textile sector is a unique subset of the comatose manufacturing sector given its employment generating potentials and its socio-cultural underpinnings in the age of globalization. Against this background, this paper engages Nigerian development...

Author(s): A.O. Olutayo and O. Akanle

Water uncertainties in Southeastern Nigeria: Why government should be interested in management

June 2009

  This paper takes a look at the general condition of water resources availability and management practices in Akwa Ibom State, southeastern Nigeria. The paper observes high incidence of inequity and access burdens on the general population (especially the vulnerable groups) as well as reckless incidence of exploitation of the aquifer for private market. These were all linked to weak government involvements in...

Author(s): Emmanuel M. Akpabio and Ekanem M. Ekanem

Causes, effects and resolution of farmers-nomadic cattle herders conflict in Delta state, Nigeria

June 2009

  The study was conducted in Delta State to investigate the farmers-nomadic herders’ conflict that is common in many parts of Nigeria. Such conflict has caused a lot of losses to Nigeria, the State, local communities, and families. This study unveils the causes of such conflicts and suggests ways to prevent and resolve them in the future. Using simple random and positive sampling techniques, 80 farmers...

Author(s):   A. U. Ofuoku and B. I. Isife

Manifestation of human sexuality and its relevance to secondary schools in Nigeria

May 2009

  The alarms against the menace of premarital sexual activities reached a crescendo but the behaviour of young people remained at variance with the alarms. This contradiction contributed to the growth of sexually transmitted diseases including human immune virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Thus, this study examined manifestation of human sexuality and its relevance to secondary schools...

Author(s): Akeem Ayofe Akinwale

When does sex become violent? Conceptualizing sexual violence in the context of rural young Igala women in Nigeria

May 2009

This study examines age at first sexual experience, motivation for sex and attempt conceptualization of sexual violence in the understanding of young rural women in Nigeria. The study was carried out among the Igalas, the ninth largest ethnic group in Nigeria. The study adopted a quantitative research method to obtain data. A sample of 1200 women between age 15 – 30 years were randomly selected from Olamoboro,...

Author(s): Femi, Rufus Tinuola and James Adeola Olaogun

Ecological stress and deritualization in East Asia: Ritual practices during Dark Age phases

May 2009

  Despite highlighting the implications of resource over utilization and scarcity on social systems, recent studies under explore the impact of environmental stress on culture. Specifically, further research is needed to understand the importance of natural resources for ritual practices. This study utilizes structural ritualization theory to analyze historical periods characterized by ecological degradation...

Author(s): Daniel Sarabia and J. David Knottnerus

Health and illness, between culture and territory on the practice of medical profession in Italy at the beginning of the third millennium

May 2009

  In international literature there is an hypothesis on a shift in medical profession between elite and basis professionists. Some authors are more radical, because they consider some medical specializations in different autonomous professions, sometimes in conflict between themselves. On the basis of these considerations, what does it mean to be a general practitioner in Italy nowadays? What is the...

Author(s): Cleto Corposanto

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