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Elisha Renne's Select Publications


Renne, Elisha. 2010. The Politics of Polio in Northern Nigeria. Bloomington : Indiana University Press.

Renne, Elisha. 2003. Population and Progress in a Yoruba Town. Ann Arbor MI: University of Michigan Press. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha, and E. van de Walle. 2001. Regulating Menstruation: Beliefs, Practices, Interpretations. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Abstract.

Ebigbola, J.A., and Elisha Renne. 2000. Population and Development Issues: Ideas and Debates. Ibadan: African BookBuilders Ltd.

Journal Articles

Renne, Elisha. 2014. "Parallel Dilemmas: Polio Transmission and Political Violence in Northern Nigeria." Africa, 84(3): 466-486. DOI. Abstract.

Long, R., Elisha Renne, T. Robins, M. Wilson, K. Pelig-Ba, M. Rajaee, A. Yee, E. Koomson, C. Sharp, John M. Lummis, and N. Basu. 2013. "Water Values in a Ghanaian Small-Scale Gold Mining Community." Human Organization, 72(3): 199-210. Abstract.

Maiwada, Salihu, and Elisha Renne. 2013. "The Kaduna Textile Industry and the Decline of Textile Manufacturing in Northern Nigeria, 1955-2010." Textile History, 44(2): 171-196. DOI. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha. 2013. "The motorcycle Sallah durbars of Zaria 2012." Anthropology Today, 29(4): 12-16. DOI. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha. 2012. "Educating Muslim Women and the Izala Movement in Zaria City, Nigeria." Islamic Africa, 3(1): 55-86. DOI. Abstract.

Basu, N., D.H. Nam, E. Kwansaa-Ansah, Elisha Renne, and J.O. Nriagu. 2011. "Multiple metals exposure in a small-scale artisanal gold mining community." Environmental Research, 111(3): 463-467. DOI. Abstract.

Batterman, Stuart, Joseph Eisenberg, Rebecca Hardin, Margaret E. Kruk, Maria Carmen Lemos, Anna M. Michalak, Bhramar Mukherjee, Elisha Renne, Howard Stein, Cristy Watkins, and Mark L. Wilson. 2009. "Sustainable Control of Water-Related Infectious Diseases: A Review and Proposal for Interdisciplinary Health-Based Systems Research." Environmental Health Perspectives, 117(7): 1023-1032. PMCID: PMC2717125. DOI. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha. 2009. "Consecrated garments and spaces in the cherubim and seraphim church diaspora." Material Religion, 5(1): 70-87. DOI. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha. 2009. "Spirit, Structure, and Flesh: Gendered Experiences in African Instituted Churches among the Yoruba of Nigeria." Journal of Religion in Africa, 39(2): 221-222. DOI.

Roberts, A.F., and Elisha Renne. 2009. "Christian Arts of Africa and its Diaspora Introduction." Material Religion, 5(1): 4-9. DOI. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha. 2009. "Review: Painting for the Gods: Art and Aesthetics of Yoruba Religious Murals." African Studies Review, 52(2): 227-228.

Akinwumi, T.M., and Elisha Renne. 2008. "Commemorative textiles and Anglican Church history in Ondo, Nigeria." Textile-the Journal of Cloth & Culture, 6(2): 126-144. DOI. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha. 2007. "Mass producing food traditions for west Africans abroad." American Anthropologist, 109(4): 616-625. DOI. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha. 2006. "Perspectives on polio and immunization in Northern Nigeria." Social Science & Medicine, 63(7): 1857-1869. DOI. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha. 2004. "Dressing in the stuff of dreams: sacred dress and religious authority in southwestern Nigeria." Dreaming, 14(2-3): 120-135.

Renne, Elisha, and C.O. Adepegba. 2003. "Yoruba Religious Textiles." The Nigerian Field, 68: 51-60.

Renne, Elisha. 2002. "Fundamentals of Fertility: Cosmology and Conversion in a Southwestern Nigerian Town." Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 8(3): 551-69. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha, and M. Bastian. 2001. "Re-viewing Twinship in Africa." Ethnology, 40(1): 1-11.

Renne, Elisha. 2001. "Twinship in an Ekiti Yoruba Town." Ethnology, 40(1): 63-78. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha, and K. Stewart. 2001. "Introduction to special issue: Sexuality and Generational Identities in Sub-Saharan Africa." Africa Today, 47(3-4).

Mandara, M., and Elisha Renne. 2001. "Where Women Deliver: Rivalry in Obstetric Care in Zaria, Nigeria." Archives of Ibadan Medicine, 2(1): 8-11.

Renne, Elisha, and D.S. Usman. 1999. "Bicycle Decoration and Everyday Aesthetics in Northern Nigeria." African Arts, 32(2): 46-51. Abstract.

Temin, M., F. Okonofua, F. Omorodion, P. Coplan, Elisha Renne, H. Heggenhougen, and J. Kaufman. 1999. "Perceptions of Sexual Behavior and Knowledge About Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among Nigerian Adolescents." International Family Planning Perspectives, 25(4): 186-190, 195. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha, C.L. Ejembi, and H.A. Adamu. 1998. "The Politics of 1996 Cerebrospinal Meningitis Epidemic in Nigeria." Africa, Vol68(1): 118-134.

Renne, Elisha. 1998. "Postinor use among young women in Southwestern Nigeria: A Research Note." Reproductive Health Matters, 6(11): 107-114. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha. 1997. "Local and institutional interpretations of IUDs in Southwestern Nigeria." Social Science & Medicine, Vol44(8): 1141-1148. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha. 1997. "The meaning of contraceptive choice and constraint for Hausa women in a northern Nigerian town." Anthropology & Medicine, Vol4(2): 159-175.

Renne, Elisha. 1997. "'Traditional Modernity' and the economics of handwoven cloth production in southwestern Nigeria." Economic and Cultural Change, Vol45(4): 773-792.

Renne, Elisha. 1996. "The pregnancy that doesn't stay: The practice and perception of abortion by Ekiti Yoruba women." Social Science & Medicine, Vol42(4): 483-494. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha. 1996. "Perceptions of population policy: Development and family planning in northern Nigeria." Studies in Family Planning, Vol27(3): 127-136. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha. 1996. "Shifting Boundaries of Fertility Change in Southwestern Nigeria." Health Transition Review [Supplement], 6: 169-190.

Renne, Elisha. 1995. "Houses, Fertility, and the Nigerian Land Use Act." Population and Development Review, 21(1): 113-126. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha. 1993. "Condom Use and the Popular Press in Nigeria." Health Transition Review, 3: 41-56.

Renne, Elisha. 1993. "Changes in Adolescent Sexuality and the Perception of Virginity in a Southwestern Nigerian Village." Sexual Networking and HIV/AIDS in West Africa, Health Transition Review [Supplement], 3: 121-133.

Renne, Elisha. 1993. "Gender Ideology and Fertility Strategies in an Ekiti Yoruba Village." Studies in Family Planning, 24(6): 343-353. Abstract.


Renne, Elisha. 2012. "What to wear? Dress and transnational african identity." In West African Migrations: Transnational and Global Pathways in a New Century edited by Okome, M. O., Vaughan, O.. Palgrave Macmillan. Abstract.

Renne, Elisha. 2008. "Anthropological and Public Health Perspectives on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in Northern Nigeria." In Anthropology and public health : bridging differences in culture and society edited by Hahn, Robert A., Inhorn, Marcia C.. :512-540. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Renne, Elisha. 2006. "The culture of development in a southwestern Nigerian town." In Developing cultures : case studies edited by Lawrence E. Harrison and Peter L. Berger. 43-64. New York : Routledge.

Renne, Elisha. 2004. "Gender Roles and Women's Status: What They Mean to Hausa Muslim Women in Northern Nigeria." In Qualitative Demography: Categories and Contexts in Population Studies edited by S. Szreter, A. Dharmalingam, and H. Sholkamy. 276-94. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Renne, Elisha. 2004. "From khaki to Agbada: dress and political transition in Nigeria." In Fashioning Africa: Power and the Politics of Dress edited by Jean Allman. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Renne, Elisha. 2003. "Changing Assessments of Abortion in a Northern Nigerian Town." In The Sociocultural and Political Aspects of Abortion: Global Perspectives. Pp. 119-138. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Renne, Elisha. 2001. "'Cleaning the Inside' and the Regulation of Menstruation in Southwestern Nigeria." In Regulating Menstruation: Beliefs, Practices, Interpretations edited by E. Van de Walle and E. Renne. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Renne, Elisha. 2001. ""Cleaning the Inside" and the Regulation of Menstruation in Southwestern Nigeria." In Regulating Menstruation: Beliefs, Practices, Interpretations edited by E. Van de Walle and Elisha Renne. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Renne, Elisha. 2001. ""Our Great Mother...Tied this Cloth": Pelete-Bite Cloth, Textile Collections, and Kalabari Identity." In Cloth is the Center of the World: Nigerian Textiles, Global Perspectives edited by S. Torntore. Pp. 29-41. St. Paul: Goldstein Gallery, University of Minnesota.

Renne, Elisha. 2000. "Cloth and Conversion: Yoruba Textiles and Ecclesiatical Dress." In Undressing Religion: Commitment and Conversion from a Cross-Cultural Perspective edited by L. Arthur. 7-24. Oxford: Berg.

Ebigbola, J.A., and Elisha Renne. 2000. "Nigeria's 'Demographic Delusion' and the 1991 Census Exercise in a Southwestern Nigerian Town." In Population and Development Issues: Ideas and Debates edited by J.A. Ebigbola and E. Renne. Pp. 303-320. Ibadan: African BookBuilders.