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This front matter section of this book titled The Speed of Change contains the table of contents, a list of photographs, a list of maps and the preface. The book is seen as a first attempt to insert the subject of motorised transport into the wider field of African studies and take stock of the state of scholarly knowledge on this subject. It tries to set the topic in the wider context of social and transport history, in Africa and elsewhere, as well as that of general socioeconomic and cultural change South of the Sahara. In order to achieve a balanced focus, both historical and economic studies were included, while two additional anthropological chapters, that of Sjaak van der Geest on Ghanaian lorry inscriptions and Sabine Luning on the cultural dimensions of road travel and its hazards in Burkina Faso, were commissioned for the project.

Keywords: Africa; motorised transport



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