The Speed of Change

The Speed of Change

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In the early 1900s the motor-vehicle (car, bus, lorry or motor-cycle) 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 to 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.the first Willya#39;s jeeps had been imported too, motorcycles were French (Griffon, Motobecane, Peugeot).103 However, ... who were already under great strain given the large distances covered, were ordered to check and repair vehicles on anbsp;...

Title:The Speed of Change
Author:Jan Bart Gewald, Sabine Luning, Klaas Van Walraven
Publisher:BRILL - 2009


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