Ghana On The Go: African Mobility In The Age Of Motor Transportation by Jennifer HartGhana On The Go: African Mobility In The Age Of Motor Transportation by Jennifer Hart

Ghana On The Go: African Mobility In The Age Of Motor Transportation

byJennifer Hart

Paperback | October 3, 2016

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As early as the 1910s, African drivers in colonial Ghana understood the possibilities that using imported motor transport could further the social and economic agendas of a diverse array of local agents, including chiefs, farmers, traders, fishermen, and urban workers. Jennifer Hart's powerful narrative of auto-mobility shows how drivers built on old trade routes to increase the speed and scale of motorized travel. Hart reveals that new forms of labor migration, economic enterprise, cultural production, and social practice were defined by autonomy and mobility and thus shaped the practices and values that formed the foundations of Ghanaian society today. Focusing on the everyday lives of individuals who participated in this century of social, cultural, and technological change, Hart comes to a more sensitive understanding of the ways in which these individuals made new technology meaningful to their local communities and associated it with their future aspirations.

Jennifer Hart is an Assistant Professor of African History at Wayne State University.
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Title:Ghana On The Go: African Mobility In The Age Of Motor TransportationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:266 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:October 3, 2016Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253023076

ISBN - 13:9780253023070

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Auto/Mobile Lives
1. "All Shall Pass": Indigenous Entrepreneurs, Colonial Technopolitics, and the Roots of African Automobility, 1901-1939
2. "Honest Labor": Public Safety, Private Profit, and the Professionalization of Drivers, 1930-1945
3. "Modern Men": Motor Transportation and the Politics of Respectability, 1930s-1960s
4. "One Man, No Chop": Licit Wealth, Good Citizens, and the Criminalization of Drivers in Postcolonial Ghana
5. "Sweet Not Always": Automobility, State Power, and the Politics of Development, 1980s-1990s
Epilogue. "No Rest for the Trotro Driver": Ambivalence and Automobility in 21st Century Ghana
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

Jennifer Hart's text sweeps triumphantly across a century of authomobility in colonial and post-colonial Ghana. . . sophisticated, clear and inspiring account. . .