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Motor Vehicles And People In Africa: An Introduction

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This chapter focuses on different effects the motor vehicle has had upon the economies, politics, societies and cultures of Africa. Motor vehicles have had a tremendous impact on politics in Africa, transforming the state as well as the way politics have come to be conducted. The colonial state relied heavily on motor vehicles for the extension and enforcement of its control at a symbolic and functional level. The chapter shows how the use of motor vehicles in the 1950s enhanced the pace of political competition and even helped to transform the nature of urban rioting. It also shows how the development of professions related to the motor vehicle influenced attempts in the 1960s to change the social order and overthrow the political dispensation. The chapter highlights how the impact of the motor vehicle in the informal economy has primarily been in the service industry.

Keywords: Africa; Motor vehicles



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