The speed of change: motor vehicles and people in Africa, 1890-2000

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The speed of change: motor vehicles and people in Africa, 1890-2000

Type: Book (monograph)
Title: The speed of change: motor vehicles and people in Africa, 1890-2000
Author: Gewald, J.B.Luning, S.W.J.Walraven, K. van
Journal Title: Afrika-Studiecentrum series
Issue: 13
Publisher: Brill
Issue Date: 2009
Keywords: Africa
automobiles
road transport
social history
Abstract: In the early 1900s the motor-vehicle (car, bus, lorry or motorcycle) was introduced in sub-Saharan Africa. Initially the plaything and symbol of colonial domination, the motor-vehicle transformed the economic and social life of the continent. Indeed, the motor-vehicle is arguably the single most important factor for change in Africa in the twentieth century. A factor for change that thus far has been neglected in research and literature. Yet its impact extends across the totality of human existence; from ecological devastation to economic advancement, from cultural transformation to political change, through a myriad of other themes. This edited volume of eleven contributions by historians, anthropologists and social and political scientists explores aspects of the social history and anthropology of the motor-vehicle in Africa.
Uri: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/20392
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/20392
 

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