Bottleneck : moving, building, and belonging in an African city /

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Author / Creator:Melly, Caroline, author.
Imprint:Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.
©2017
Description:x, 186 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Language:English
Subject:Social mobility -- Senegal -- Dakar.
Social conditions.
Social mobility.
Dakar (Senegal) -- Social conditions.
Senegal -- Dakar.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11340367
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ISBN:9780226488875
022648887X
9780226488905
022648890X
9780226489063
022648906X
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Standard no.:40027569781
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Summary:In Bottleneck , anthropologist Caroline Melly uses the problem of traffic bottlenecks to launch a wide-ranging study of mobility in contemporary urban Senegal--a concept that she argues is central to both citizens' and the state's visions of a successful future.<br> <br> Melly opens with an account of the generation of urban men who came of age on the heels of the era of structural adjustment, a diverse cohort with great dreams of building, moving, and belonging, but frustratingly few opportunities to do so. From there, she moves to a close study of taxi drivers and state workers, and shows how bottlenecks--physical and institutional--affect both. The third section of the book covers a seemingly stalled state effort to solve housing problems by building large numbers of concrete houses, while the fourth takes up the thousands of migrants who attempt, sometimes with tragic results, to cross the Mediterranean on rickety boats in search of new opportunities. The resulting book offers a remarkable portrait of contemporary Senegal and a means of theorizing mobility and its impossibilities far beyond the African continent.
Physical Description:x, 186 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9780226488875
022648887X
9780226488905
022648890X
9780226489063
022648906X