The Sopono cult and smallpox vaccinations in Lagos
Morgan, Robert W.
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INTRODUCTION: This paper examines the question of how African societies view conditions which Western society calls "disease," and how Africans respond to Western-oriented medical efforts to deal with "disease." This paper is based on data obtained before and during an international smallpox vaccination campaign in West Africa, among husbands and senior wives in a random sample of households •. All of the data were obtained in metropolitan Lagos, and the analysis focuses on members of the large Yoruba tribe who comprised 81 percent of the sample. It is recognized that an urban sample cannot be considered characteristic of either African or Yoruba society. At the same time, Lagos is regarded as peculiarly intensive in blend of African and Western influences (see especially Mabogunje, 1968), and the analysis also focuses on this aspect and derives special interest because of this concentration of social forces in one compact geographical area.
African Studies Center Working Paper No. 11
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