African Motors

Technology, Gender, and the History of Development

African Motors

Book Pages: 384 Illustrations: 53 illustrations Published: October 2021

Author: Joshua Grace


African Motors is an exhilarating contribution to recent African-centric histories of development shedding new light on the significance of automobility—meaning the entire ‘machinic complex’ of driving, roads, garage work, urban transport, and oil trading. Joshua Grace emphasizes the creativity and agency involved in vernacular invention, maintenance, and repair as part of urban mobility and ‘technological citizenship’ in Tanzania. This book is a welcome addition to the growing field of postcolonial mobility studies, decolonial mobility history, and African studies of technology and innovation.” — Mimi Sheller, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, Drexel University

“In vivid prose, African Motors shows how motor vehicles became African technologies. Joshua Grace sets new standards for research and engagement, weaving tales of African technological expertise into an analysis whose import extends well beyond Tanzania. You will never see cars and drivers the same way again.” — Gabrielle Hecht, author of Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade


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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-1171-2 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-1059-3