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11. 'Anyway!': Lorry Inscriptions In Ghana

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Anthropologists are drivers shuttling back and forth between two cultures. They interpret the texts of one culture for people belonging to another. Margaret Field was one of the first to try to decipher the meaning of lorry inscriptions in Ghana for Western readers. This chapter outlines the connecting worlds of Highlife artists and lorry drivers. Both produce texts in which they express, and attempt to allay, the anxieties of life, particularly those that result from envy. One of the lorry inscriptions mentioned by Ampadu in Driverfo beautifully captures this notion of multi-dimensionality, 'Anyway'. In the first place, 'Anyway' confirms the mobility of cars and Highlife in Ghana, although it is unlikely that whoever wrote the word had this in mind. Secondly, 'Anyway' puts the worries of daily life into perspective.

Keywords: 'Anyway'; anthropologists; Ghana; lorry inscriptions

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