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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.

  • Managing Editors: Stephanie Kitchen, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • General Editors: Leslie Bank, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa, Harri Englund, University of Cambridge, Deborah James, London School of Economics and Political Science, Adeline Masquelier, Tulane University, Louisiana, Helene Neveu Kringelbach, University College London, David Pratten, University of Oxford