The International African Library is a major monograph series from the International African Institute. Theoretically informed ethnographies, and studies of social relations 'on the ground' which are sensitive to local cultural forms, have long been central to the Institute's publications programme. The IAL maintains this strength and extends it into new areas of contemporary concern, both practical and intellectual. It includes works focused on the linkages between local, national and global levels of society; writings on political economy and power; studies at the interface of the socio-cultural and the environmental; analyses of the roles of religion, cosmology and ritual in social organisation; and historical studies, especially those of a social, cultural or interdisciplinary character.
General Editors: Benjamin Soares, African Studies Centre Leiden; Leslie Bank, Fort Hare Institute of Social and Economic Research, South Africa; Harri Englund, University of Cambridge; Adeline Masquelier, Tulane University, Louisiana