Routledge is proud to be re-issuing this landmark series in association with the International African Institute. The series, published between 1950 and 1977, brings together a wealth of previously un-co-ordinated material on the ethnic groupings and social conditions of African peoples.

Concise, critical and (for its time) accurate, the Ethnographic Survey contains sections as follows:

  • Physical Environment
  • Linguistic Data
  • Demography
  • History & Traditions of Origin
  • Nomenclature
  • Grouping
  • Cultural Features: Religion, Witchcraft, Birth, Initiation, Burial
  • Social & Political Organization: Kinship, Marriage, Inheritance, Slavery, Land Tenure, Warfare & Justice
  • Economy & Trade
  • Domestic Architecture

Each of the 50 volumes will be available to buy individually, and these are organized into regional sub-groups: East Central Africa, North-Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, West Central Africa, Western Africa, and Central Africa Belgian Congo.

The volumes are supplemented with maps, available to view on routledge.com or available as a pdf from the publishers.

part I|2 pages

Renseignements Generaux

chapter 1|2 pages


chapter 2|1 pages

Situation géographique

chapter 3|1 pages

Milieu physique

chapter 4|6 pages

Origine. - Histoire. - Migrations

chapter 5|3 pages


chapter 6|3 pages

Caractères linguistiques généraux

chapter 7|1 pages

Caractères anthropologiques généraux

chapter 8|3 pages

Caractères psychologiques

part II|2 pages

Vie Materielle et Economique

chapter 1|1 pages

Moyens d'existence

chapter 3|2 pages


chapter 4|1 pages

Constructions spéciales

chapter 5|1 pages


chapter 6|1 pages


chapter 7|4 pages

Armes et couteaux

chapter 8|5 pages


chapter 9|1 pages

Peinture corporelle

chapter 10|1 pages


chapter 11|2 pages

Déformations artificielles

chapter 12|15 pages


part III|2 pages

Vie Familiale et Cycle de la Vie

chapter 1|1 pages

Organisation familiale

chapter 3|5 pages


chapter 5|3 pages


chapter 7|3 pages

Mort - Funérailles - Deuil

part IV|2 pages

Organisation Politique, Sociale et Judiciaire

chapter 1|4 pages

Organisation politique

chapter 2|9 pages

Organisation sociale

chapter 3|1 pages

Organisation judiciaire

part V|2 pages

Vie Intellectuelle, Artistique et Rellgieuse

chapter 1|6 pages

Connaissances scientifiques

chapter 2|6 pages


chapter 3|10 pages